Open Studio with Wendy Nichol

Vernon Community Arts Centre

Open Studio with Wendy Nichol

Come meet our latest visiting Ceramic Artist in Residence, Wendy Nichol! Her studio space at the Vernon Community Arts Centre will be open to the public all day (9am – 9pm) on Wednesday, February 21. Meet the artist, learn about her current project, and get a behind the scenes look at her work as she prepares for her solo show in March.

Wendy, hailing from Toronto, has created a ceramic exhibition that reflects the capacity to contain a memory of the hand. ‘The Clay Body Responds to Touch’ sculpture series reflects on the imprint of that interaction. A composed clay surface marked with pathways; consider the hints of gesture as each form contains the willingness to receive.

In her current practice, she lets the surface of the clay reveal its process of construction. She burnishes the surface of each vessel to polish the layers of coils, softening the hardness of the form. Remnants of coiled layers of clay that build up the walls of each vessel are present and reveal a shadowed imprint. Depending on the vessel, she approaches the surface treatment with a variety of techniques: carved freeform patterns, painting coloured slip or underglaze then carved texture, or gestural painting with slip or underglaze. Wendy explains her process as “Patiently waiting, for shapes to form and clay to dry. Patterns appear from within the clay, while molding coils into vessels. Cavities of space that contain a reflection of my hand. Capturing movement in a still, solid form. Undulating textures embedded on the surface forever. Each application of pressure and release has been thought through. A negative and positive mark transferred through my body acting as an instrument. With care and composure, forms take on life, a connection to my body”

The CeramAIR Ceramics Residency is in partnership with the Caetani Cultural Centre and the Arts Council of the North Okanagan. The program provides ceramic artists the ability to work in a supportive community environment of like-minded individuals, to share their expertise and vision, to inspire excellence and create work at the highest level in a nurturing and creative environment. For more information, please visit http://caetani.org/ceramair-ceramics-residency/.

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