A ceramic artist-in-residence presents a collection of functional pieces designed to capture the nature of clay and celebrate the intimate process of handcrafting objects for everyday use.
According to a release from the exhibit, Danica Worrall’s “Motion In Stillness” will be on view at the Nanaimo Ceramic Art Gallery through July 23.
“The flowing aspect of my surface design is achieved by pressing and marking the clay at its wettest stage while it is still on my potter’s wheel. This is when it is most responsive, allowing me to keep track of my process,” Worrall said in the release.
In his work, the design of finger marks pressed into the bases with sharp grooves that undulate on the sides of his pots create “gesture” patterns seemingly frozen in time.
The glaze finish solidifies the fluidity and movement of its pieces, capturing the patterns to create the look of elegant stone, the release notes.
Worrall studied at the Kootenay School of Studio Arts four years ago, followed by an apprenticeship with Cathi Jefferson in 2021. She joined the Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio in January where she tests glazes and develops her work. Worrall is looking to start his own studio in Duncan and teach pottery there and in Nanaimo.
‘Motion in Stillness’ can be seen at 140 Wallace St. between gallery hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
For more information about Worrall and the Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio, visit www.nanaimoceramicarts.com. Worrall’s work can also be seen online under her Instagram handle @danicaceramica.
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