Board

Andrea Roberts

Gallery Committee chair
I am a CC member since 1999. Originally coming from Germany, where I received my education and European Goldsmithing Diploma at one of the oldest and finest European trade schools - Goldschmiedeschule Pforzheim. I've worked alongside with Master Goldsmiths and set up production departments, participated in numerous craft shows and was responsible for store production and support before moving to Canada 1996. I am also an educator and facilitator help fostering new talents that emerge into our vibrant art community. Early on I realized how important it is to create opportunities where talent can thrive. I was always presented with opportunities and Circle Craft was one and still is until today. My jewellery has traveled the world thanks to this opportunity.

Gordon Hutchens

Scholarship Commitee Chair
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."

Jo Ludwig

After spending 20 years in Edmonton, where I apprenticed as heavy duty mechanic, met my wife Peggy Brackett, and studied philosophy at the University of Alberta, I moved to Victoria in 1997. There I rented a small industrial space and, together with Peggy, started KilnArt Glass Studio. We taught ourselves glass fusing and kiln forming, on the basis of which I became a member of Circle Craft in 2003. In 2007 we moved to Crofton, where KilnArt Glass Studio continues to thrive. In 2015 I started working in metal as well, making steampunk/folk-art sculptures.

In 2002 I joined the Island Artisans Association, serving on its board for several years, and in 2010 I was one of three founding members of the Cowichan Valley Artisans, producing the first year round studio tour in the valley.

I have always been proud to be a member of Circle Craft, and after so may years of selling in the shop and exhibiting at the Christmas Market, I feel it is time to contribute to the Co-op in my turn.

 

Kaarina Talvila

Membership Chair

I grew up in Toronto and moved to the West Coast after completing a degree in Geology at the University of Toronto. I had a ten-year career as a computer programmer in the resource fields before going back to school to study Surface Design at Capilano University. The work I do now encompasses two different areas of fibre – handmade boxes of Japanese and Nepalese papers which sell year-round at the Circle Craft store, and a line of one-of-a-kind silk evening bags for exhibition. 

My Circle Craft membership dates back to my student days at Cap in the 1980s. Yup – I’m one of the Co-op's longest-standing members and am finally ready to repay my debt by joining the Board. The Co-op has given me so much over the years – sales and exhibition opportunities, social contacts, acceptance, support, and exposure to the exceptional standard of quality maintained by its members and by which I try to measure my own work. By volunteering to join the Board, I aim to make sure that all of Circle Craft’s members have as positive and enriching an experience as I have had, and to this end, I will be heading the Membership Committee.

Lorna Moffat

After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1987 with both BA Hons and postgraduate degrees in textile design, I set up in business making one of a kind textiles for the home and sold my work in  galleries and stores in both the UK and North America. I also created many large public art works for spaces in libraries, mental health clinics and hospitals. Teaching has also been a passion of mine and I’ve been involved with adult education, taken art residencies in schools, run art workshops for kids and adults and I’ve done community art work and mural painting.

I left Scotland in 2002 and travelled around the world with my husband’s job, finally settling in Canada in 2012. That winter I visited the Circle Craft Christmas market and knew immediately that I wanted to be part of it. I have been a member since 2017 and now very happy to be on the board and help promote this fantastic co-op.

I believe Circle Craft is a great platform that elevates craft and gets people talking about the making process.  I think the gallery and the market are places where we can educate the audience, showcasing beautiful objects made in BC, made to last and made with passion.

Svea Vatch

I design and hand fabricate jewelry in silver and gold, initially learning my craft from Geoff Swift, my business partler in “The Crab” in Gastown, 1972-76. I am a long-time member of Circle Craft, and was part of the Granville Island artisan community from 1979-2011, selling my work at the Public Market. I have also participated in many juried shows on the art market circuit.

I was a founding member and sat on the board of the Granville Island Day Vendors Association, whose mission was to promote our members’ work and to facilitate communications with CMHC. We were members of the GIBCA, participated in the Island Insight studies, the Granville Island Vision Committee, and we negotiated with CMHC to upgrade the adjudication process. By nature I am co-operative and I would like to give something back to the community.

Vanja Gavric

Vanja is a Vancouver based silversmith and painter. She holds a Bachelors in Entrepreneurial Leadership and has over a decade of experience in the marketing field. Currently, she is a full-time jewelry designer and painter working out of her home studio in downtown Vancouver. “Circle Craft is one of my favourite places to visit in the city. I recommend it to everyone I know! I am extremely fortunate to be a part of the incredible team at Circle Craft and to lend my expertise to an organization that supports local artists and craftspeople and promotes the importance of creative culture in Vancouver.”

Vesna Yankovich

Board Chair
My career of artist and teacher started in Belgrade , former Yugoslavia , where I spent 10 years teaching at University of Arts- Faculty of Applied Arts including two years as elected Head of Textile Department. After immigrating to Canada in 1994 , I continued my artistic life , experimenting in metal weaving ; working simultaneously on huge wall pieces and small 3 D objects , baskets and some abstract forms . In late '90 ties I started "full time living from my art ". I became a member of Circle Craft in 2000 after receiving Gold for Excellence in Craft ,November Market 1999. I served on Board April 2011 to Apr. 2013 Last seven years I spent mostly, designing one of a kind jewelry , what become my latest passion.