Grace Nickel is an award-winning ceramic artist, having been successful in the Mino Competition in Japan, the Golden Ceramics Awards in Taiwan, and the Fletcher Challenge Award in New Zealand. Nickel has been an Artist In Residence in Australia, Canada, China, and Taiwan and has attended three residency programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2002 she had a solo exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and was nominated by the WAG for the Saidye Bronfman award. In 2003 she was invited to participate in the International Large Outdoor Ceramic Lantern Workshop in Taiwan, and had work accepted into the First Taiwan Ceramic Biennale the following year. She was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2007. In the same year, she travelled to Xi’an, China as one of ten Canadian ceramic artists invited to create work for the permanent collection of the new Canadian Ceramics Museum, one of a series of international ceramic museums being built on the site of the Fuping Pottery Art Village. Her work appears in numerous other permanent and private collections including the National Museum of History in Taiwan, the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, the Claridge Collection in Montreal and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Nickel completed her graduate studies at NSCAD University in Halifax in April 2008.