Jimmy Nichols Clay Botanicals

by Jimmy Nichols

February 14 to March 28

 

Jimmy Nichols Clay Flower
Jimmy Nichols Clay Botanicals
Jimmy Nichols Clay Botanical
Jimmy Nichols Clay Plant

Realistic blossoms are fashioned by hand from Kentucky Tennessee clay.  Daffodils, Foxgloves, Hollyhocks, Irises and many more varieties are always in full bloom.

A single flower can contain as many as 450 individual pieces.  All components, from the pot to the delicate petals, are handmade, hand painted, glazed and kiln fired.  The naturalistic flowers feature intricate details such as a tiny hole eaten by an imaginary bug or a sun kissed leaf. The finished product is a beautiful and natural bouquet that lasts forever.  Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind!

Jimmy Nichols Clay Botanicals are a unique, heirloom-quality gift for mother’s day or to warm a new home.  An extraordinary expression of love,  consider one for your anniversary or for a special wedding gift.

In addition to the stunning Clay Botanicals that Jimmy will be showing, several paintings from Yeiser Art Center’s Permanent Collection will be displayed.

Jimmy Nichols has always led a creative life.  Majoring in Garment Design, Pattern Making and Construction, Jimmy began his artistic career within the textile industry in his hometown of Paducah, Kentucky.

In 1994 began working at a local ceramic shop.  This is where his journey with clay and glazes began.

“Taking what I learned at the ceramic shop, I began to experiment with clay. I started sculpting animal figures like those I had seen in the Staffordshire pieces from England. My work then graduated to fruits and vegetables in life-size forms. In studying the fruits, I realized that they needed flowers and leaves to enhance their life-like appearance. While developing the flowers for these pieces, I was asked if I could make a single flower that could be ‘planted’ into a pot as though it were growing. “

Motivated by live plants as well as photographs, Jimmy studies every aspect of a flower to capture the necessary detail to recreate them in clay.

A single flower can contain as many as 450 individual pieces.  All components, from the pot to the delicate petals, are handmade, hand painted, glazed and kiln fired.  The naturalistic flowers feature intricate details such as a tiny hole eaten by an imaginary bug or a sun kissed leaf.

After many years of private sales through boutiques and designers, J. Nichols Clay Botanicals opened on Broadway Street in Paducah Kentucky in December of 2010.