Instructors

Athanasia Vayianou, BFA

Athanasia Vayianou, was born in Limassol, Cyprus. The island’s politically charged history had an impact on everyone growing up there, her response was to develop an awareness and appreciation for family, history, and nature. Having access to art classes and creative studies all throughout her secondary schooling, it became a way of expressing herself. Moving to Canada and enrolling at NSCAD University, Vayianous discovered her love of Art and History and a passion for Metalsmithing. She graduated in 2017 with a BFA majoring in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and is currently a resident in the airCRAFT residency at the Centre for Craft.

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George Jaehyun Cho, BFA, MFA

George Jaehyun Cho, was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to Canada when he was a teenager. Cho studied ceramics at Sheridan College in Ontario, and received his BFA in Ceramics from NSCAD University. After earning his MFA in Ceramics from West Virginia University in 2018, Cho began his technician position for the NSCAD Ceramics department in Halifax, Canada. Cho has participated in numerous artist residencies and exhibitions across North America as well as in China. His work is represented through Gallery House in Toronto.

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Jackie Toner

Jackie Toner is a hobbyist woodworker who found this passion through the restoration of wood furniture pieces and giving them a new life. More recently Jackie moved to Nova Scotia to attend Dalhousie University and bought a house in Windsor, NS which gave her the opportunity to build her own workshop in her basement. When she is not in school you can find her with tools in her hands making quality wood pieces with local and ethically sourced and renewable exotic woods and materials. Jackie is a volunteer at Hand on Halifax and oversees the woodshop at the Windsor Makerspace Studio in the Windsor, NS. Jackie is constantly working to expand her knowledge and, in the process, share what she learns by teaching classes. Throughout Jackie’s classes she works to create an inclusive environment that fosters confidence with hands-on skill development.

You can find me on Instagram at @woodswoman_woodworking

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Jessie Fraser, BFA, MFA

Living in K’jipuktuk/Halifax Jessie Fraser is a craft oriented visual artist working predominantly in the medium of fibre. Her practice considers how imagery, poetry and hand-woven cloth may be combined, to investigate the affective potential of woven cloth and text in site-sensitive installations. Fraser completed an MFA in 2019 at Alberta University of the Arts in Craft Media. She has participated in multiple residencies and exhibited work in a number of venues throughout Calgary, including group shows at VivianeArt and Stride Gallery. Image, text and textiles, along with photographic and weaving processes are used as sites of intuitive and emotional investigation. Using time as both a process and a material Jessie’s practice is the process of weaving. She weaves not only with thread but also historic narratives and atmospheric feeling.

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Jodi Beazley, BFA, BA Art Ed, MEd

Born, raised and educated in Halifax, N.S. Jodi earned BA and Art Education Degrees at NSCAD and later returned to work on her Masters in Art Education.

Since 1990 Jodi has taught Art and Pottery in public schools and community centers. While living in B.C. for the last 18 years she ran a private pottery school and sold her pieces in galleries throughout the province.

Her love of cooking and entertaining has evolved in her large functional tableware which welcomes ”gatherings” at her table. The surface relief carving and glazing reflects the ebb and flow of the East Coast Ocean.

Jodi feels that teaching and making inform one another. Jodi’s relationships and interactions with her students revives her enthusiasm for her own work, which is then shared back to the students.

Jodi recently returned home to Nova Scotia and is excited to re-establish her studio.

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Kaas Ghanie, BFA

Kaas (Kaashif) Ghanie was born in London Ontario in 1989.  He received his Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University as well as Minor in Art History. Originally his practice was working in interdisciplinary methods, in the realm of sculpture and drawing, it was not until NSCAD Ceramics where he was introduced to clay.  Highly intrigued by the ceramic process and making Ghanie was hooked into wheel throwing large vessels.

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Kate Grey, BFA

Grey is a Canadian Ceramicist from Calgary Alberta. She has her BFA in Ceramics and a minor in Art History from NSCAD University. She currently lives and works in Halifax Nova Scotia.

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Linnet Finley

With a fine artist’s sense of colour, a problem-solver’s sense of design, and a tree-hugger’s commitment to sustainability, Linnet Finley of Linnet Bird Designs offers soft, colourful, innovative products for kids, simple yet ingenious patterns for makers, and patient, joyful, empowering classes for those who want to develop their own sewing and handwork practice. Finley comes from a long line of textile artists and handworkers, and though she flirted with musical theatre, and detoured into environmental studies, she has arrived at a way to marry all her loves into one. Linnet Bird Designs is for those who prioritize locally handmade goods, and who look for a thoughtful approach to making.

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Meghan Gillan, BFA

Meghan Gillan is a graduate of NSCAD University. A Dartmouth based jewellery designer, Meghan specializes in custom work and jewellery redesign/remake pieces.

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Mel Doiron, BFA

Mel Doiron is a maker who is fascinated by clay. Using various hand-building techniques such as slab-building and coil-and-pinch, her practice encompasses both tableware and experimental vessels. Doiron’s tableware strives for ergonomics, perfect proportions, and balance. The graphic geometric decoration contrast qualities such as matte and glossy, light and dark, and decoratively employs “flaws” such as glaze drips and crawling. Her experimental vessels celebrate the material properties of clay and ceramic, creating works that transform over a period of time. In 2018, Mel completed a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, majoring in Ceramics. She has exhibited in a number of venues throughout Nova Scotia, Southern Alberta, and Upstate New York, including solo shows at The Anna Leonowens Gallery, The Yuill Family Gallery, and The Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work history includes acting as a studio assistant, gallery technician, teacher, and clay mixer, all of which have expanded her knowledge, honed her studio practice, and shaped her appreciation for clay.

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Nancy Boyne

Nancy has been weaving for 49 years. She was taught by a local Master Weaver,Mrs Dorothy Hill who had a studio and shop in Halifax ( who  also studied in Sweden )

She is primarily a functional weaver who loves working with natural fibres, colour, and texture.

She has taken many workshops in different techniques from very respected and experienced weavers from Europe, Canada and the US. She has also taught workshops and given private lessons in her home-based studio which houses 6 looms. She has been a consultant for several movies, renting her home and weaving and teaching actors to weave. Her studio was moved to Chester and to Halifax twice to be used in films several years ago.

Working with Design Business Nova Scotia and NSCAD U, she was on a team that took part in a project called the “Living Spaces Project”. The goal was to create a Gallery Suite at the Radisson Hotel which would provide a ” comfortable space ” for business and leisure guests in an “upscale ” setting while also providing a showcase for original, innovative products designed by N.S. designers. It was a very successful concept being tried in Europe.

She has taught at Craft NS for 15 years and has sold her work throughout North America, Britain and in many shops and juried markets in NS.

She believes that her work should be used and enjoyed.

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Rhonda Miller, BA, MLIS

Rhonda Miller is a bookbinder with nearly twenty years experience and she has an undying fascination with book structure and historical bookbinding techniques. As a book artist she does custom bookbinding, book repair and restoration, artists books, and paper marbling. Her work has been included in book art exhibits in various locations and in 2018 she won the Heritage Washi Award for her book in the CBBAG Art of the Book Exhibition. She has contributed to a number of bookbinding publications and has been interviewed for the Bookbinding Now podcast series.

While earning her Masters of Library and Information Studies, she took bookbinding courses through the Dawson Printshop at Dalhousie University. Later, she continued to develop her skills through a variety of workshops and intensive learning events such as the Paper and Book Intensive. Rhonda is owner and operator of MyHandboundBooks and Scotia Bookbinding and she teaches bookbinding classes at Craft Nova Scotia and at The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. MyHandboundBooks.com

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Susan April, BFA, BA Art Ed, MEd

Susan April is a graduate of NSCAD, receiving degrees in a BFA and BA in Art Education as well she completed a Masters of Education Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. Susan has been producing art in various forms and teaching ever since. Initially a weaver, Susan has been creating jewellery and photography for many years.  A love of colour and light has inspired all her work. Susan enjoys new challenges using different media and continues to explore as an artist.

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Suzi Cameron, BFA, BA

Cameron is an established stoneware potter and multi-media artist. During the winter, Suzi makes decorative tableware at Clayworks Pottery in Halifax and each summer, since 1986, Suzi has returned to her studio at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in her hometown of Summerside, PEI. There she produces hand-painted pottery for sale on The Island. Cameron has received numerous scholarships and awards from The Banff Centre for the Arts to study with Harry Davis, Walter Ostrom and Bruce Cochrane, from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University to help complete a Bachelor of Fine Art, and this past year from the Nova Scotia Potters Guild for ongoing historic research. Her multi-media work has been included in international exhibitions and festivals.

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Veronica Post

Veronica Post is a furniture maker with a diploma of professional studies in cabinetmaking from the Rosemount Technology Centre in Montreal, and over 10 years of experience exploring and teaching woodworking. Veronica has been a teacher and wood studio technician at the Centre for Craft since 2016. She has created and taught many different classes over the years, including the first Women in Woodworking classes at the Centre for Craft. She approaches each class with a focus on a friendly environment, great demonstrations and hands-on skill development.

Veronica has also had the pleasure of being an artist in residence and contributing artist to various exhibitions at the Mary E Black Gallery, and the pleasure of teaching Foundation to Wood and Metal at NSCAD University.

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Violet Rosengarten

Violet Rosengarten began her artistic career as a textile artist, apprenticing with the indigenous people in Mexico and Guatemala. Her scarves and shawls sold at high-end boutiques on Madison Avenue and at Bonwit Teller Department Store in New York.

Her tapestries explored colour, texture and abstraction. Upon graduating with a BFA in 1989 from Concordia University in Montreal, she became a painter. After completing her B Ed at McGill as an art specialist, Violet taught art for twenty years in the public school system, first in Toronto and then in Dartmouth, N.S.

Violet paints mixed media abstract paintings and landscapes. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Quebec, Ontario and now in Nova Scotia. She teaches Mixed Media Painting at the Centre For Craft NS and in the VANS PAINTS program.

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