Danica Drago (they/them) is an artist, maker, production potter 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 is informed by working with a variety of materials in different environments, but is most interested in the processes of making rather than the final product. They create both functional and conceptual objects that encourage a playful interaction between factors of risk, failure and uncertainty, while considering how outcomes are shaped by different means of artistic labour, access and production.  

Danica's focus as a facilitator is to encourage creative collaboration and experimental learning with people of all ages and abilities from communities across the GTA. They are currently a ceramics instructor at the Gardiner Museum and the Jewish Community Centre, and a resident production potter at Propeller Coffee Co. in Toronto. In tandem with their studio teaching practice, Danica also conducts independent clay workshops with a bicycle-powered pottery wheel called  Pedal Potter in unlikely spaces with makers of all ages; bringing ceramics education to parks, schools, rooftops, streets, and libraries.

They are passionate about bicycle maintenance and pizza-eating, but not necessarily in that order.

photo by Nicole Bilyea

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