Nicholas Rena is renowned for making vessels of quite extraordinary beauty and presence. His bold poetic forms have a striking simplicity and potency. Ideas of ritual, the human body and features of architectural space all find a logical unity within his vessel forms, exploring the ancient archetypes in a way that make the simplest of shapes appear unexpected and resonant. The interplay between line, edge, interior and exterior has become more complex and pushed Rena into the forefront of a new generation of artists exploring fresh possibilities with the language of abstraction.
'Nicholas Rena is the most ambitious sculptor using ceramic at present in the UK. He's developed a language of symbolic vessels which he brings together in small installations of great power.' - Edmund de Waal, 2013