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.
"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."
Karin Marita Jones
Gallery Committee Contact
I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and received a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from Vancouver, Community College in 1993. In 1995-96 I apprenticed under Master Goldsmiths Heinz and Hermann Laatzen in Hamburg, Germany. My work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Finland, Korea, and Japan. In 2013 I took leave from the Master of Fine Arts in Jewellery and Craft program, at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to accept a teaching position in the 2-year, full-time, Jewellery Art and Design Program at Vancouver Community College.
I draw inspiration from historic crafts, from metalwork to fashion and textiles, as well as from observing the world around me. I love to immerse myself in the process of making, and the calm it brings me helps me to reflect on various aspects of society, the natural world, and myself. In an increasingly digitized world, the handmade can act as a grounding force, bringing us back to the materiality of life, and the wonder of creating complex forms using only a few simple tools and materials, our hands, and our imaginations.
I was the ED of the Farmers Market Society from 1995-2005, as well as Market Manager and a bunch of other roles while growing Farmers Markets in Vancouver during that time.
Over the course of my career I have designed, developed and delivered community based programs, hired, managed, and supervised staff, delegated tasks, chaired committees, and reported to or been a member of volunteer Boards of Directors, multi-stakeholder Advisory Committees and Task Force groups. As a result, I understand the importance of working on a team with varied groups of stakeholders whose needs sometimes conflict. During my 10 years as Executive Director of the Farmers Markets, I reported to a Board of Directors and have a very clear understanding of the relationship between Board Members and staff.
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 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.
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.
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.