2013 Student Scholarships Exhibition at Circle Craft Gallery in February

January 17, 2013

Circle Craft Cooperative Association is pleased to present their Annual Student Scholarships Exhibition in their Gallery in the Net Loft on Granville Island—February 1-26, 2013—featuring: Christine Ross, Capilano University, Textile Arts Program; James Kemp, Emily Carr University, Ceramics; Elizabeth Glowacki, Kootenay School of the Arts, Metal Program; and, Catherine Hartley, Vancouver Community College, Jewellery Program. 

In 2003, Circle Craft initiated a student scholarship award program to support new and upcoming craftspeople. This program is part of Circle Craft’s commitment to community outreach programming, working in partnership with four BC institutions: Emily Carr University, Ceramics; Capilano University, Textile Arts Program; Vancouver Community College, Jewellery Program; and, the Kootenay School of the Arts, Metal Program.

Graduating students from these programs are invited to complete an application to be considered for the award. A selection committee from each department works with Circle Craft to select each year’s recipients. Selection is based on outstanding achievement and intent to pursue the art form professionally or through furthering studies.

James Kemp | Ceramics | Emily Carr University

James Kemp is currently the ceramic artist in residence at the Port Moody Arts Centre where he is working on pieces for his first solo exhibition. He is currently represented by the Leo Koo Gallery in Vancouver and The Art Mur Gallery in Montreal. His sculptures, unconvincing still objects, echo his belief that materials have intelligence and process matters, a desire to disrupt and hold captive one’s affect without being directive.

These sculptures are gaining attention; James just returned from a national student exhibition in Montreal and was nominated for a BMO 1st Artist Award. He has worked as an artist assistant for the Vancouver based figurative sculptor David Robinson and currently works for Liz Magor.
More info can be found at: sculpturejameskemp.weebly.com

Christine Ross | Textile Arts | Capilano University

Complex geometric shapes and molecular structures are a source of inspiration for North Burnaby artist, Christine Ross. Captivated by symmetry and order, she’s drawn to Japanese design techniques, like origami (paper folding) and itajime (fold and clamp resist dyeing). “I try to integrate these qualities into my work and I endeavour to achieve precision in everything I create,” she says.

“My impulse to explore textile arts originated from a short article I read about a textile designer in the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair. I hadn’t contemplated textile design prior to this and I was really intrigued by the breadth of textiles as an art form. The more I researched into textile art and design, the more excited I was to completely immerse myself in the Textile Arts program at Capilano University. The faculty there facilitated my discovery of the potential of textiles as an ideal medium for my creative expression.”

Christine received a diploma in textile arts (with distinction) from  Capilano University.

More info can be found at: www.facebook.com/ChristineRossTextiles

Elizabeth Glowacki | Metal | Kootenay School of the Arts

Elizabeth is an emerging metal artist and recent graduate from Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson BC. She creates through feeling, inspired to translate the experience of emotion into form. Myth and culture play in the stories told through her work. Elizabeth works in forged steel, cast bronze, and aluminum, creating decorative and functional pieces for the home and garden.

Elizabeth’s work is an exploration of process, materials, and technique in metal sculpture. The beehive sculpture, in the image to the left, utilizes the inflation technique with forged hexagonal punches and walking chisel to repousse the hive and create the crescent moon texture.

Elizabeth has exhibited in Sheppard’s Pie Gallery in Vancouver BC, Touchstones Museum of Art and History in Nelson BC, and her sculptures were discovered nestled amongst the reeds on Jericho Beach during the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at SFU in 2008 along with the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue Program. It was during the Dialogue Program that she first expressed her experience through sculpture.

Catherine Hartley | Jewellery | Vancouver Community College

As a jeweller and metalsmith, Catherine currently works from her studio in a little cabin on Mayne Island. Catherine chose jewellery design as a way to connect her interests in art, design, and craftsmanship. After a year in a fine arts program, she moved on to attend the Jewellery Art & Design program at Vancouver Community College.

Often her work focuses on rough architectural form and volume.  She also tends to incorporate details that reflect some part of the process of hand crafting, including sometimes almost hidden ones. For her, the draw of making jewellery and metal goods is in the process itself. From the initial inspiration, to the forming of the idea, to the actual transfer of thought to physical form as raw materials are worked into shape. She is also largely motivated by the sentiment behind jewellery, and the reasons people choose to wear it. Using both modern and traditional metal techniques, she crafts each piece with the intention of making something that can accumulate meaning for the wearer over time.

More info can be found at: www.catherinehartley.com


Student Scholarships Exhibition, Feb 1 -26, 2013 | Circle Craft Shop & Gallery
Daily 10 am – 7 pm | 1 - 1666 Johnston St., Net Loft Granville Island
tel [604] 669 8021 | shop@circlecraft.net | Admission: FREE
For information about other upcoming gallery exhibitions, visit: www.circlecraft.net