New Instructor for this Fall session
Danica Worrall @danicaceramica
Danica's passion for ceramics hit hard during her first 4 week course through an art center in Kelowna BC / her home town. Jumping into a membership at the studio she knew she had only scratched the surface of her curiosity with clay. The following year she was accepted into the Tagseth before the program was halted by the pandemic. Danica pursued training in Victoria at Hands On Pottery as a production thrower in the meantime before returning to Nelson the following year to complete the program.
"I'm excited to be invited into this vibrant community in Cowichan and to teach and play with others who find passion to express themselves through ceramics!"
New Instructor starting this Fall
Linda Helms ...........................Raku Instructor
Working as an art educator in the public school system in Winnipeg, Manitoba I developed a fascination with clay and began exploring a variety of wheel throwing techniques as well as firing processes. One of my favorite methods of firing came to be raku. Since moving to Vancouver Island I have the opportunity to be fully engaged in exploring this process.
Raku firing takes place outdoors in a portable kiln where one to two pieces are fired at a time so as to take the necessary care for each piece according to the glazing requirements. This method of firing and subsequent exposure of the clay to extreme temperature changes, a reduction atmosphere (reduced oxygen) and using different combustible materials evolve into a very intuitive process prone to desirable and undesirable effects. The immediacy of this process crates surprises in numerous ways resulting in unique and distinct pieces providing a great deal of satisfaction not only to the artist but hopefully to a connoisseur as well.
My work has regularly been show in the annual Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show and I have had the opportunity to feature my work in a show at Imagine That. I have also participated in a number of shows at Shibui Gallery on Genoa Bay Rd. Two of which focused mainly o my own work together with another artist's doing two dimensional work. The Shibui Shows were highlighted with raku demonstrations on site.
In early 2020 I had the opportunity to be an artist in residence in Nayarit Mexico working with other accomplished ceramic artists for two weeks which culminated in a major raku firing and demonstration for the participants and the public. Here is a synopsis of this event on a you tube video.
There are various ways to approach raku and I am currently exploring a variation called Naked Raku. As this new method continues to intrigue me I will be continuing along this new path in my own new work. My recent work using this technique can be viewed at Excellent Frameworks Gallery in downtown Duncan.