Originally from the California Bay Area, Nicholas has received degrees from the University of Washington (B.F.A., B.A.) and Ohio University (M.F.A.). He rowed for the Huskies through college, then transitioned to coaching. Post college, he followed his passion for ceramics, proceeded through academia, then worked as an artist-in-residence at Red Lodge Clay Center and the Archie Bray Foundation where he received the Matsutani Fellowship. He was selected as an 2011 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, and as 2012 NCECA Emerging Artist. He currently resides in Seattle with his wife Nicole, and their goldendoodle Darla.
In his ceramic practice, Nicholas makes highly functional, uniquely handmade objects for use. The reductive minimal aesthetic found in his work is abstracted from his appreciation for all things precisely done with style. The ceramic pieces are high-fire slip cast porcelain with glaze and decals; the trays the pots rest upon are CNC-milled MDF, with automotive paint and rubber.
His work as a rowing coach has resulted in crews that win at the highest levels of regional and national competition. He currently coaches at the Pocock Rowing Center, working with the Novice Boys, the Masters Sculling Team, and the Advanced Sculling Group.