Born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Danielle O’Malley has always had a passion for art. O’Malley is a 2012 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Plymouth State University where awards for her work include the Karl Drerup Art Scholarship and the BFA Studio Award. After graduation, she was accepted to Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME for a six week residency. Ensuing her residency, she moved to Helena, MT where she interned at Free Ceramics, assisted Tara Wilson, interned for Beth Cavener, and worked at the Archie Bray Clay Business. Currently, she is the resident artist at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, MT where she continues to maintain her extensive national exhibition record. In the fall, O’Malley will be a short term resident at the Red Lodge Clay Center.
Texture, natural form, and pattern are significant and stimulating themes in my work. I am attracted to natural forms because of the movement, sense of growth, fragility, and tactile qualities they possess. I strive to have my structures, designs, and patterns reflect these characteristics. Grappling with combining these elements so they activate each other in a single, fluid entity is a meditative and exploratory component in my process. I am excited when the form, texture and glaze collaborate harmoniously. I seek to ignite a captivating dialogue between my pieces by having them interact with one another in human like mannerisms.