Danica Drago (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and arts facilitator based in Toronto. They graduated from Jewellery & Metalsmithing in the Material Art and Design program at OCAD University, but spent most of their time in the Ceramics department. Danica's practice as a tool and object maker utilizes the materiality of craft processes to create works that act as sites of social engagement outside of the studio, on the body, and in the spaces we inhabit everyday. Through the creation of functional, sculptural, and wearable forms in ceramic, metal, and various material outcomes, Danica’s work is drawn towards investigating their own embodied experiences of trans/gender expansiveness beyond binaries, collaborative acts of making as divergent knowledge-sharing, and process-driven material exploration.

Danica's focus as a facilitator is to encourage creative collaboration and experiential learning with people of all ages and abilities. They are currently a ceramics instructor at the Gardiner Museum, Jewish Community Centre, and Clay Space, as well as an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. In tandem with their studio teaching practice, Danica also conducts independent clay workshops with a bicycle-powered pottery wheel called  Pedal Potter in unlikely public spaces with makers of all ages; bringing experimental ceramics processes to parks, schools, rooftops, streets, and libraries.


photo by Nicole Bilyea




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