My name is Lucy Nilan
I'm the owner and maker of a small batch pottery studio creating collections of dinnerware, serving ware, decorative accents and handmade items that are colorful, detailed, modern, and timeless. A large part of my work revolves around color and animals, even the most overlooked or odd animals. I strive to create handcrafted wares that help elevate or celebrate the daily routines of eating and living. Who says you can't enjoy your morning eggs off a plate with a chicken painted on it, celebrate that gift the chicken gave you. No matter what, it is a privilege for me to have my work in your home, to help bring a little beauty and delight to the rhythms of everyday life.
I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 with a BA in fine arts (emphasis in ceramics).
I started this journey of illustrated work back in 2012 and am always amazed at how much my work has grown and expanded!
Do you want to see more of my work?
I begin most of my work on the pottery wheel. I carve and decorate my porcelain pieces with underglaze and glaze to show the fine details. A majority of my work centers around animal portraiture. The fact that these drawings exist on objects intended for everyday use is important to me. Using handmade objects and immersing myself in the process of watercolor to pottery, creates joy. I hope people will engage with my illustrations as my work is being used, finding connections by keeping them in play long after the moments that inspired them have passed.
Porcelain mug with underglaze
Mug inspired by our time in Colorado. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has one of the largest reticulated giraffe herds of any North American zoo. There are ample opportunities to feed the giraffes.
Porcelain plate with underglaze
A nod to the extinction risk of bees who aid us in our daily pollination.
Cow butter dish
Porcelain butter dish with underglaze
What can you say? Cows, dairy, dairy, butter. This guy is kind of your guardian "dairy"...
(that was bad, sorry)