Nicholas received his B.F.A and B.A from the University of Washington and his M.F.A. from Ohio University. After academia and following his passion for ceramics, he worked as an artist-in-residence first at Red Lodge Clay Center and then at the Archie Bray Foundation where he received the Matsutani Fellowship. He was selected as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, and as an NCECA Emerging Artist. He is local in Tacoma Washington with his wife and their goldendoodle Darla.

Portrait by Nelson Guda

In his ceramic practice Nicholas makes highly functional, uniquely handmade objects for use. The refined and accurate aesthetic found in his work is abstracted from his appreciation for all things precisely done with style. His ceramic pieces are high-fire slip cast porcelain and glaze.

He currently teaches visual art at the Charles Wright Academy. Alongside teaching, he also helps to lead trips into the backcountry with the Outdoor Education Program, and coaches the Golf Team.