About the artist
Annika doing a throwing demo on behalf of the Gardiner Museum, at the Mayor's Arts Dinner at the Toronto Convention Centre, 2017.
Annika is a Toronto-based artist specializing in wheel-thrown and slip-cast ceramics. Her interest in clay began while she was studying Textile Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). After graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Material Art and Design, she worked in several studio spaces in Toronto before returning to OCADU for a Postgraduate Certificate in Industrial Ceramics.
Annika began working as a class assistant for a ceramics class for adults and children in 2015 and now teaches classes and runs workshops Downtown Toronto and Mississauga. She has been selected as a live demonstrator at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto for special events such as the opening reception for their new lobby studio, and a segment on CTV morning news. When she is not teaching, she is usually working in her studio, maintaining a production line of wheel-thrown pottery and slip-cast work that can be seen in several shops and galleries in Toronto.
Annika was drawn to clay for the tangible nature of hand building and wheel throwing, enjoying the process and the different stages clay goes through from start to finish. Her surfaces tend to reference her initial interest in textiles, featuring bold lines and shapes, with bright colours that contrast with the exposed clay to create a variation of geometric patterns.
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