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.
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."
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.
Membership Committee Chair
I have been a member of Circle Craft for many years and have seen the Co-op grow from the small shop at the old CPR Building, now Waterfront Station and the Christmas Show at the East End Cultural Center, now the Cultch to where it is today. I attended the Kootenay School of Art and the four year Goldsmiths Apprenticeship Program at VCC. I have been working with precious metal and vitreous enamel for many years and my association with Circle Craft has challenged me to do my very best and encouraged me on my path. I feel it is now time to give back to Circle Craft.
I have been a member of the organization since 1984. I was formerly trained in UK as a Cabinetmaker Boat builder working in a wide spectrum of woodworking. In 1980 I established my own Woodturning Studio in Canada, I have taught and apprenticed trained several contemporary Wood turners, organized several symposiums and promoted and given workshops across Canada and the United States.
I am nearly entering my fourth decade as an individual full time craftsperson living from
my craft and share a studio with my wife Anne Marie who is a full time potter. I have had six years’ service on other boards in the past. My wish is for Circle Craft to continue to be the best co-op in Canada, attract and retain the best Crafts makers.