Excited to be Red Star Studio's digital debut artist this month! Check out all of my new work on their website! Nicole is influenced by an intense longing to reconnect with her past, which she satisfies by establishing intimate connections through her work. Through the labor-intensive act of making, she establishes a close personal relationship with each piece; a connection which is effortlessly transferred through the functionality of tableware. Architectural imagery drawn from Nicole's photographic collection, coupled with the movement of glaze, bind her past with her work. In addition to the personal connection, Aquillano's work explores the notion of holding onto memories through personal collections; as if a tangible object also allows us to better hold onto our memories. Nicole's experiences are carved onto objects intended to be both used and collected as a way to facilitate new experiences. Nicole Aquillano was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Nicole Kowalski. She received a BS in mathematics from Carlow University in 2004 and a BS in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. The following year, she moved to Boston to pursue a career at the Environmental Protection Agency, all the while pursuing her passion in ceramics. In 2010, she followed her passion to Rhode Island School of Design and earned her MFA in ceramics. Nicole now happily lives and works at Midway Studios in the Fort Point Area of Boston. Be sure to check out all the great shows going on at Red Star this month! For full text, check out their current exhibition page!