Nel Faulkner studied 3D Design in London, at Chelsea School of Art. She worked in Paris designing shops and furniture for the fashion houses Valentino and Ines de la Fressange, before completing a second degree in Ceramics in her late twenties.
Since then she has developed a distinctive style. Softly thrown shapes, printed patterns, carved handles and a restricted palette of cobalt blue and white all define her work. She has worked alongside ceramicist Sandy Brown, and spent time with Betty Woodman in her studio in New York. Their exuberant large-scale pieces have had a strong influence on her approach. More recently she visited Japan where she found fresh inspiration in the stylised graphic conventions often seen in Japanese art - and the uniquely free, spirited approach the Japanese bring to making with clay.
“My work is less about beauty and fine craftsmanship - more about personality and a gutsy, inventive use of materials. I make work that embraces the archetypes found in the world of ceramics - pots, jars, bowls, plates - reconsidering them in generous and characterful forms…” Nel Faulkner