Grace Nickel has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Manitoba (1980) and has participated in three Ceramic Residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 1991 she discovered paper clay at the Banff Centre. She has been using paper clay ever since to create sculptural ceramics. Recently she has completed several commissions of sculptural lighting for architectural environments. She also creates custom-designed ceramic tiles, and continues an on-going dialogue with the vessel form.