Student Scholarship Exhibition

Circle Craft Student Scholarship Exhibition February 2014


Circle Craft Cooperative Association is pleased to present their Annual Student Scholarships Exhibition at their Gallery in the Net Loft on Granville Island - Friday January 31st – Tuesday February 25th 2013. The exhibition features:  Eben Finer, Kootenay School of the Arts/Selkirk College, Metal Program; Samantha Knopp, Emily Carr University, Ceramics; Asta Kovanen, Capilano University, Textile Arts Program; Magaly Nevarez, Vancouver Community College, Jewellery Program.

In 2003, Circle Craft initiated a student scholarship award program to support new and upcoming craftspeople. This program is part of Circle Craft’s commitment to community outreach programming, working in partnership with four BC institutions: Emily Carr University, Ceramics; Capilano University, Textile Arts Program; Vancouver Community College, Jewellery Program; and Kootenay School of the Arts/Selkirk College, Metal Program. Graduating students from these programs are invited to complete an application to be considered for the award; instructors from within each department select the year’s recipients based outstanding achievement and intent to pursue the art form professionally or through furthering studies.


Eben Finer   Kootenay School of the Arts / Selkirk College, Metal  Program

Description: Eben Finer, Metal Casting StudentEben regards his time in the metal studio at KSA as an important milestone in his artistic career. “It has opened my mind to the possibilities of the metal casting world and reunited me with the timeless implications of blacksmithing. This coupled with the chance to work with excellent and extremely helpful faculty and like-minded students was a truly fulfilling experience.”




Samantha Knopp, Emily Carr University, Ceramics

Sam moved to BC from Red Deer, Alberta where she attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design and received her BFA in 2013. She also received  the Circle Craft Graduation Award and the BMO 1st Art Award for her work in ceramics. “My practice as a ceramic artist centers on the making of objects, functional or sculptural, that explore how the material world functions as an active participant in our lives. I am drawn to ceramics because of its rich and complex history and am intrigued by the tension created by opposites. My work often attempts to stage possible reconciliations as I play with the balance between order and chaos, function and sculpture, and the apparent clash between the ideologies and aesthetics of modernism or capitalism and the ideologies and aesthetics required to see value in the handcrafted object.”


Asta Kovanen, Capilano University, Textile Arts Program

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 I am inspired by the environments humans surround themselves in; circumstantial, natural, architectural, social. Mostly I work with design & the textural qualities of material but am interested in further exploring installation and wearable pieces.”

“My inspiration for this piece is drawn from the human tendency, especially for a child to tuck found objects into pockets. The Pocketing Dress (shown) is made of cotton and silk naturally dyed with scrap metal and salvaged in a similar way.  Asta’s Pocketing Dress was also featured in the Harmony Arts Slow Fashion Show this past summer.  Asta makes her home between Whistler and North Vancouver.



Magaly Nevarez, Vancouver Community College, Jewellery Program

Magaly Nevarez is an Ecuadorian Artisan, Mother and an award winning jewelry designer with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. “Pacha Mama” (Mother Nature) who is the model, belief and base for her creations. Each of her art and jewelry pieces represent elements of human nature and her ancestral background. Magaly materializes her ideas and feelings through her work, to remind the viewer that Nature is our source of life, inspiration, knowledge and wisdom. Magaly’s  goal through her endeavor is to share her ancestral origins through her Art Work.