board of directors

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Friederike Rahn
Fredi Rahn was seduced by clay at an early age, and studied ceramics at Sheridan College School of Crafts & Design, and at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.  From 1989 to 2007, she worked in a studio in an East Vancouver warehouse, shared with Kathryn Youngs, another ceramic artist. In the last 6 years, she has worked from her home studio in east Vancouver. She has participated in artists’ residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and the Banff Centre.  Her pots are exhibited across Canada and the United States.

In addition to her studio work, and an active teaching schedule, Fredi has served on the boards of the BC Potters' Guild, and the Canadian Clay Symposium organizing committee and has helped to organize the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl (an artists' open studio event) since its inception in 1995.
Rainer Schmid       
After a long (37 year) career with the Kamloops School district, I am finally about to retire, which will provide me time to devote to my real passion, our woodworking craft business.

I have been a Circle Craft member for 30 years, and once before served on the board for 4 years. It was during that time that the Carver model of board governance was adopted, which I believe has served all of us well. During my time on the board, I served as the membership chair and initiated the process of engaging all the membership for their ideas, criticisms and feedback. I feel strongly that the membership of an organization such as Circle Craft must always be informed and engaged.

Gordon Hutchens  
Chair, Scholarship Commitee
Gordon has been a full time potter in BC since 1973 selling his work across Canada and internationally. His ceramic work covers a broad range of different techniques and glaze styles. He has also had a career of sharing his knowledge, teaching ceramics to others.

"I joined Circle Craft in 1974 and the next year started doing the Christmas Market. I've been selling and exhibiting at the Circle Craft store and gallery for the same length of time. It has been a great experience for me, and I feel that it's time for me to give back to this amazing Co-op."
Carolyne Curran-Knight   
Chair, Selections Committee
As a member of Circle Craft I have attended all of our shows, sold in the gallery and I admire the skills I see executed by my fellow members. The time has come to join in a more active way and support the co-op whose purpose is to foster our crafts. This also encompasses our ability to grow as artists and to prosper as businesses. I have shown in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Toronto. I am a graduate of Sheridan and Vancouver Community College (L.P.I.) and Sir George William University (Theatrical Arts) I feel I can represent the membership with understanding and respect, and I have the time.
Venessa Bentley
Chair, Membership Committee
"Circle Craft inspired a life style for me as a young person creating handmade clothing.  I had few peers at that time, and the cooperative provided the connection I needed in my community.  I became a board member in 2004 because I felt so thankful for having Circle Craft in my life, for so many years. When my work was accepted by the Circle Craft selections committee, I vowed never to take it for granted.  I served on The Board for six years, then took two years off to focus on a new teaching job, and on my studio.  I am delighted  to return and continue serving The Cooperative.  I am very grateful for this opportunity to contribute positively to our community of artisans." 

Barbara Murray, LLB, LLM 

Professionally, I am a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. I am passionate about handmade crafts; especially Indian block printed fabrics, all things fair isle and silver jewellery. I have been a supporter of Circle Craft for over 30 years. I was previously a Board Member for four years for the Jusice Education Society.

Karin Marita Jones
Gallery Committee Contact
I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and received a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from Vancouver, Community College in 1993. In 1995-96 I apprenticed under Master Goldsmiths Heinz and Hermann Laatzen in Hamburg, Germany. My work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Finland, Korea, and Japan. In 2013 I took leave from the Master of Fine Arts in Jewellery and Craft program, at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to accept a teaching position in the 2-year, full-time, Jewellery Art and Design Program at Vancouver Community College.

I draw inspiration from historic crafts, from metalwork to fashion and textiles, as well as from observing the world around me. I love to immerse myself in the process of making, and the calm it brings me helps me to reflect on various aspects of society, the natural world, and myself. In an increasingly digitized world, the handmade can act as a grounding force, bringing us back to the materiality of life, and the wonder of creating complex forms using only a few simple tools and materials, our hands, and our imaginations.