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, completed in 2016.
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, Mississauga, North York and Vaughan. She maintains a production line of wheel-thrown pottery and slip-cast work that can be seen in several shops and galleries in Toronto.
Annika was initially 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. It continues to intrigue her with its endless possibilities for exploration. Her forms are often inspired by industrial and architectural design elements that juxtapose sharp angles with areas of smooth glazed surfaces and more natural raw, exposed ceramic. 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.