Nicholas Rena was taught by Gordon Baldwin at Eton, from there he trained to be an Architect at Cambridge University and graduated with a Masters degree in 1988. Five years later he decided to move into ceramics and completed an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London.

Nicholas has shown in numerous exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. In 2001 and 2008, he was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts. His work is in the V&A, the British Council, The Devonshire Collection, The Louvre, The Crafts Council, Canary Wharf and the Carnegie Institute among others.

'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