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Ceramic gallery’s artist-in-residence finds ‘motion in stillness’ in her work

Danica Worrall’s pieces can be viewed July 8-23 at Wallace Street studio
The work of ceramic artist Danica Worrall is being featured in an exhibit at the Nanaimo Ceramics Arts Studio and Gallery until July 23. (submitted photo)

A ceramic artist-in-residence presents a collection of functional pieces designed to capture the nature of clay and celebrate the intimate process of hand-making objects for everyday use.

According to a release for the show, Danica Worrall’s ‘Motion In Stillness’ will be hosted by the Nanaimo Ceramic Art Gallery until July 23.

“The fluid look 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 retain traces of my process,” said Worrall in the release.

In her work, the design of finger marks pressed into the bases with sharp grooves that undulate around the sides of her pots create ‘gestural’ patterns seemingly frozen in time.

The glaze finish solidifies the fluidity and movement of her pieces, capturing the patterns to create the appearance of elegant stone, the release noted.

Worrall studied at the Kootenay School of Studio Arts four years ago, followed by an apprenticeship with Cathi Jefferson in 2021. In January, she joined the Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio where she tests glazes and develops her body of work. Worrall is looking to launch her own studio in Duncan and teach pottery there and in Nanaimo.

‘Motion in Stillness’ can be viewed at 140 Wallace St. between the gallery hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

More information on Worrall and the Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio can be found at Worrall’s work can also be seen online under her Instagram username @danicaceramica.