Craftsmanship and Creations
Ceramics have been my passion for over 20 years. There are so many steps involved in the process of turning clay into a functional work of art. I love to cross train while in the studio, moving from one type of art making to another. Painting, sewing, jewelry, woodworking its all inspiring and I love to keep it fresh!
Make an appointment or come by the shop and we talk about creating something specific for you
what inspires you….
keeping it fresh and creating something new everyday. I’m very inspired by living in happiness, fun is my mission, creating an environment where time disappears and I’m living in the moment. I am fascinated with wellness and seeing what I can push myself to do and create. I’m also passionate about living outside of my comfort zone and inspiring others to do the same.
where I’ve been…..
Between the years 2003 and 2016 I had a booth at the local farmers market where I would bring all of my freshly created ceramics downtown and set up for four hours every Saturday. While my ceramics were set up I would do henna tattoos. When I moved into my new gallery location three years ago it was a blank slate for me to re-create myself from all of the skills I had learned under Dan Shook’s mentor ship. I found a way to reproduce my ceramics with beautiful Henna designs. I create each design in the moment and free hand, every single line and dot. I am very inspired by sacred geometry, Navajo patterns, eastern Indian mandalas and local landscapes.
I’ll only work with the best materials available. I never compromise quality for time and give my clients realistic schedules that accommodate their lives. I strive for honest customer service, so contracts are only paid in full when the finished work is to your complete satisfaction.
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MY NAME IS Nicole Black
I took my first ceramics class my sophomore year in high school and was instantly hooked. Master artist and potter, Dan Shook, has always been my mentor and he took me under his wing and for many years after. I remember sitting in an anatomy and physiology class in college as I was pursuing a sports medicine degree and looked down at my notebook and among all the definitions that I had written out about the body there was beautiful artwork around the edges of the page. It was the ah-ha moment for me… that I was an artist. That summer I came back to Sandpoint and pursued an apprenticeship with Dan Shook, which continued for 16 years. I learned all the tricks and techniques that he offered, came up with a few of my own, and became a master ceramic artist under his guidance. Today I own my own small business and have created a beautiful new style. Whiskey Jack, in downtown Sandpoint, is a working artist studio space and retail shop where my creations can be purchased to enjoy in your own nest. The name Whiskey Jack came when our original studio was built on whiskey Jack road. The Whiskey Jack is actually a Gray Jay bird. We thought it was a good fit to name the store after our original location and the fondness of the birds. My imagination is always soaring way up in the clouds.
My biggest challenge in retail is actually being at the store on a regular basis! When I’m creating art it’s always in the moment and when I feel inspired, so store hours......I’m very resistant to that concept. Also I’m very adventurous. I love to travel and be active outdoors and I have a 12 year old son. If it’s a hot sunny day I’d rather be at the beach playing with my son and if the snow is deep I’m going to be on the mountain. So I’m constantly balancing how to feed my soul in those areas wearing the adventurous mom hat and my responsible business hat. Your best bet is to stop by the shop and see if I am in, or give me a call and schedule an appointment….I live close by and am happy to run right down.