In addition to her studio work, and an active teaching schedule, Fredi has served on the boards of the BC Potters' Guild, and the Canadian Clay Symposium organizing committee and has helped to organize the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl (an artists' open studio event) since its inception in 1995.
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."
Barbara Murray, LLB, LLM
Professionally, I am a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. I am passionate about handmade crafts; especially Indian block printed fabrics, all things fair isle and silver jewellery. I have been a supporter of Circle Craft for over 30 years. I was previously a Board Member for four years for the Jusice Education Society.
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.