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.
Vanessa Cunningham
Chair, Membership Commitee
I have been creating and selling my own artwork since I was thirteen at farmers markets in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1993 I moved to Vancouver with my family and dabbled in many different mediums until my Dutch Oma left me her Glmakra loom and spinning wheel in her will knowing that they would start me on the artistic career I greatly wanted. In 2007, I graduated from Capilano University with a diploma in Textile Arts and a scholarship from Circle Craft Co-operative. I have been selling at the co-op store, the Christmas Market, various shops throughout Vancouver and online ever since. 
I would like to encourage more member involvement in the cooperative, which includes demonstrating their talents to the public at the store on Granville Island.
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   
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.
Vanessa Bentley
Chair, Gallery 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 would like to return and continue serving The Cooperative.  I am very grateful for this opportunity to contribute positively to our community of artisans."  
Laura van der Linde
Laura has been a full time potter, craftsperson and entrepreneur for over twenty five years. Originally from South Africa, Laura's work is imbued with vivid color and bold design.
As a maker she believes that the intimate experience of using handmade work has a unique energy and the user at some level will absorb this.  "In this day and age, I feel honored to be working in this traditional medium, producing contemporary work"
Circle Craft co-op has been serving its members for forty years.  Incredible if you think about it.  Like most businesses, it has had its ups and downs.  With a strong cohesive board, working on a variety of new and interesting projects this co-op has a positive future. I offer the board my years of experience "in the field" while understanding the “marketing craft" and other business challenges. 
Barbara Murray, LLB, LLM 
For the past 20 years, I have concentrated my practice in insurance defence. I have defended leaky condo claims, professional liability claims, employment practices liability claims, motor vehicle and liquor liability claims. I have also provided coverage advice for carriers of CGL policies, directors' and officers' liability policies and professional liability policies. I have represented clients at mediation and have appeared as counsel in the British Columbia Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. I have also practised family law.

Barbara is a lawyer, mediator and qualified arbitrator at Singleton Urquhart LLP. She obtained her law degrees from Dalhousie and UBC. and is also a graduate of the Vancouver Justice Access Centre.