Find out about our residents and the work their making in our studios:
airCRAFT - 9 Month Emerging Artist Residency
Our one-of-a-kind craft dedicated residency strives to support emerging artists taking the next steps in their careers. Through a 9-month residency the Centre will work with each resident one-on-one to individualize and tailor the program to suit their particular objectives for their art careers.
Summer Residency - 2 Month Emerging Artist Residency
Each spring, The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design accepts applications for the Summer Professional Development Residencies in the Ceramics, Wood, Glass, Metal/Jewellery, and Weaving/Textile Studios
2016-17 airCRAFT Residents:
Shelbey Dodds is a Jewellery Making and Metalsmithing graduate from NSCAD University. She will be exploring contemporary jewellery objects that reflects our relationships. Bridging the divide of art jewellery and production based work, Shelbey will be travelling to Barcelona, Spain to attend the annual art Jewellery conference, JOYA Barcelona to collect research and inspiration to apply to her own work.
Emma Piirtoniemi majored in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and minored in Art History from NSCAD University. She examines the duality of her work, worn intimately on the body, and displayed in the public spaces of galleries. Emma will be working both in metal and adding glass work into her pieces examining small jewellery sculptures and gaining experience in curating contemporary craft.
Ryan Tingley, a NSCAD University graduate in ceramics, will develop a line of utilitarian pottery of sleek simple forms using faceting, carving, and stamping to explore textures. Ryan will also be creating a business strategy and website to promote his work during the residency.
2015 Summer Residents:
Born and raised in the rural southern Ontario town of Erin, Shelbey Dodds has found a new home in Atlantic Canada’s hidden gem, Halifax. She recently received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University.
Shelbey creates contemporary jewellery objects exploring the concepts of discipline and fluidity and how these terms relate to identity, intimacy, and connection. The exhibited work examines the delicate balance one struggles to maintain upon the spectrum between discipline and rigidity, fluidity, and play.
Her time spent in the Nova Scotia Center for Craft and Design’s Residency program has presented a number of very welcome challenges. Dodds would like to thank her fellow residents and all the members of the NSCCD for their continued support.
Originally from Montréal, Quebec, Lux Habrich recently graduated with an Interdisciplinary BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.
Lux employs the immensely meditative qualities in craft processes and performative experimental mark making to record personal histories of inherited trauma. Her work involves investigations of temporality, subversive gender, concepts of family and the home, disability, and cultural hybridization - introducing an identity in all the complexities and contradictions that together formulate an individual. Committed to expressing social justice issues and participating in support work, Lux externalizes intense internal grievances, to open up collective issues and larger community struggles to receive moments of healing and empowerment.
Born in Victoria, BC, Twyla Zoe studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and graduated with an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Twyla works in a variety of media but has foundations in ceramics, drawing, and printmaking. Her work is largely informed by an ever-changing relationship between psychology, fairytales, dreams, and personal narrative. Her objects and imagery frequently explore childhood memories, obsessions, and irrational fears, blurring the boundaries between real and imagined, dream and nightmare.
Meaning-making has long been a compulsion of our species, exercised through literature, art, and storytelling. We continually search to contextualize our identity and place in the world in an ever-widening diversity of expressive venues. In this series of work, meaning-making will take place through internal investigation. It explores an inner realm of dream, fears, anxieties and fractured narratives and attempts to express a fluid logic that references the beautiful and sometimes dark world of the unconscious.
Jennifer Maguire is origin
ally a mixed media artist from St. Catharines, Ontario. She received her Fine Art Degree in 2012 from Fanshawe College, and went on to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the NSCAD University where she majored in ceramics.
Jenn’s work highlights an ongoing disconnect between humans and livestock. With industry taking over how animals are produced and raised, treatment and living conditions have declined as consumer demand has risen. Her work reflects an ongoing exploration of what has become known as factory farming, and highlights the mistreatment and flaws of a large industrial system.
Nathalie Maiello is originally from Montreal, Quebec. She received her diploma from the Vancouver Community College Jewellery Art and Design program in 2008 and is currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she is completing her BFA in Jewellery and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University.
Nathalie’s current work focuses on the connection between ceramic and metal. She uses traditional techniques to combine the two materials to create body adornments. Minimalist shapes and forms enable her to develop simple functional connections between materials to create a continuous disposition that showcases each component without creating discord between the two. Subtle nuances of the shapes create a morphing series that evoke mutation, transformation, and evolution.
Andreea Murgu holds a Jewelry and Textile major from NSCAD University.
Her work is an exploration of form, balance, and expression. She creates pieces that have elements of both harmony and tension. Andreea often incorporates tactile qualities in her jewelry, and enjoys working with fur, leather, hair, and other natural materials.
Anne-Sophie Vallée works primarily with metal and ceramics to create pieces of jewellery. She first started her training as a goldsmith in Taxco, Mexico. She received a degree from Le Cégep du Vieux-Montréal in Jewellery in 2011, and is currently completing a BFA with a major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University.
Anne-Sophie is interested in the tension between organic and inorganic life in artificially built environments and how this conflict generates a struggle for space. She uses jewellery as a way to make connections between individual identity, society, and culture. Within her work she aims to question the human body acting as a support and notions of scale. Her work questions the possibility for small objects to call for distance and space while creating intimacy and strong psychological links. Anne-Sophie references architecture and landscape through a minimalist approach to form, as well as, human intervention and appropriation of technologies and material. Simple mark-making can proficiently change the meaning an object conveys. Do we have to stop, control, or free the sprawling of both natural and artificial growth in order to create balance?
Natalie Vanderzand was born in Waterloo, Ontario. She lived on the West Coast of Canada before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend NSCAD University. She current lives in Halifax as a recent graduate and is continuing her practice as a studio jeweler.
Her solo exhibition titled MAKE CAMP, explores ideas of temporary shelter in an object base observation of the natural world. Natalie’s practice is shifting into wearable pieces that incorporate delicate beaded embroidery, colour, scale and form.
Greg Bauer studied craft at Sir Sandford Fleming College in 2005 and specialized in artistic blacksmithing. He furthered his craft and design studies at Sheridan College's Furniture program in 2008. Continuing his education in studio craft, he is now attending NSCAD for Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing where he brings the skill and knowledge he has gained to his current work with jewellery.
Greg Bauer’s work currently explores the integration of sculptural forms within functional jewellery. He looks to create jewellery whose function is disguised within its form until worn. He hopes to invoke the viewer’s curiosity and challenge their understanding of the piece's function and form.
David is a Painter/Sculptor/Metalsmith and graduate of NSCAD university. David express peoples emotions and thoughts through abstraction of the figure. He started painting and a young age but as he got older his desire to create and express pushed him into other mediums to become multidisciplinary. David has no plans to stop creating and is making a huge effort to get out into the world to share his art with others.
I am a current NSCAD student studying to earn my BFA in ceramics. The ceramic pieces I make stem from personal experience of my own or from my nearest and dearest. Most of my ceramics are inspired by negative experiences and it’s my goal to turn them into positives while simultaneously comparing and contrasting what is bad and good about them. The ceramic objects I make are abstract in order to reflect the multiple perceptions of the human experience. What we think and feel is subjective to our personal histories and therefore we become abstract to each other.
Jennifer was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She began her studies at NSCAD University in Halifax completing interdisciplinary courses in Ceramics, Photography, Jewelery and Surface Design. She recently graduated from NBCCD, Fredericton New Brunswick in full time studies in Ceramics. She draws inspiration from the nature of the scenery around her, both of the natural earth and the impact of human beings.Jennifer would like to work towards a “know your neighbor” grass roots community movement by creating and bringing hand crafted pottery into your home to inspire everyday life.
Mengnan Qu is always a perceptual person with a sensitive eye and mind. In the art world today, there are many artists with great ideas. There are few like her, though, who have such great patience to achieve complicated skill. She can spend more than one hundred hours on one piece of enamel jewelry work. Meditation-like process brings her to think of the world in silence. Her mixed cultural and educational background provides her a unique outlook on the world. Reconsider the Western society through traditional Chinese culture; rethink the Chinese society by standing from an international perspective.
Anne-Sophie Vallée started her study of jewelry making in Mexico taking classes at a department of UNAM in Taxco in 2007. She later pursued her studies at the School of Jewelry of Montreal where she completed in 2011 a collegial diploma in craft. She has worked as an independent jeweler for two years and dedicated most of her time to the fabrication of one-of-a-kind pieces and limited series. She is being represented by Noël Guyomarc’h Gallery in Montreal and La Paï Gallery in Ottawa. She is now undertaking Undergraduate Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Anne-Sophie Vallée makes contemporary jewelry pieces that intend to put in relation the wearer and his social and physical environment through the object created.
Yu Xia is an artist who works in all kinds of mediums of art, such as ceramics, metalsmithing, woodworking, papermaking, painting and sculpture. Yu Xia studied in Beijing Capital Normal University, New York Academy of Art, NYC and NSCAD, Halifax. He likes collecting cultural shocks and inspirations from metropolitan life, but he wants to work on these collections in a silent environment, which helps him to think and rethink everything happened and happens.
Alice Yujing Yan
Alice Yujing Yan is a Chinese based artist, who studied jewellery in Canada. She gained a BFA degree in animation in China, and began metalsmithing at NSCAD University in 2011 where she received a BFA majoring in jewellery design in 2014. Yan has extended her work in Canada and China during her studies and has become a member of the Society of North America Goldsmith since 2013.
Yan believes that art is very personal and emotional. Everything made out of the artists’ hands will represent the artists themselves. She also believes that there must be connections between the artist and the viewer through the art production.
Yu Zhang is a Chinese contemporary jewellery designer/maker studying at the NSCAD University in Canada. While still a student, Yu has a good record for showing her work, having participated in 6 exhibitions in Canada and the United States. Yu Zhang uses both metal and non-metallic materials to build a sense of narrative and meaning in her jewellery. She combines traditional metal craft and new material to make both vessels and wearable pieces, creating microcosmic depictions of environmental issues to express the severity of these problems and how she feels about them.
Kelly Grant used this residency to further her studies in weaving and produce an array of textiles that would be part of any traditional women’s household needs. She will be stress testing them in real-life conditions during reenactments at various museum locations around Nova Scotia, documenting the time it takes to produce and then the time it takes to destroy these beautiful handmade textiles.
Kelly Grant began her studies in textiles in the Costume Studies at Dalhousie then continued with a BFA from NSCAD. She has built historic reproductions for the Halifax Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, L’anse Aux Meadows, Grand Pre, Port Royal and reenactors across North America. Currently she is working on her MA in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Angelena Kuhn is using her time at NSCCD to explore new materials and interests in modes of representation and soft sculpture through needle felting, weaving and embroidery. Kuhn’s work is driven by an interest in the sensory and performative elements inherent to craft process, as well as the role they have played in contemporary art history.
Angelena Kuhn is an emerging artist based in Halifax. She received her BFA from NSCAD University in 2013, graduating with a major in Textiles and a minor in Art History. Her newest work explores personal anxieties around the every day through embroidery and needle felting.
Theresa Lee Capell
Following her instincts and love of oddities, Theresa Lee Capell infuses passion, adventure and excitement within each creation she makes. Fond of anything eccentric, whimsical, and colorful, she creates bold sculptural pieces inspired by the living and fantastical world, and continuously explores the vast dynamics of her materials and techniques. She hopes to enhance the viewers’ and wearers’ sense of curiosity and fearlessness through her unique voice.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Theresa Lee Capell studied a variety of Fine Arts such as Figure Drawing, Sculpture, and Photography in her foundation stages at NSCAD University. Further in her studies, Theresa found true passion within Jewelry design and Fashion. The creative versatility involved has challenged and rewarded her.
Sarah Sears is a Nova Scotian jewellery designer and metalsmith artist. Sarah’s fascination with geometry and symmetry is what led her to use these particular shapes and patterns. Like many East Coaster’s, one of Sarah’s favorite past times is to escape the fray and scour the local beaches in search of interesting rocks and treasures. This collection is inspired by those adventures and will hopefully remind others of their moments by the sea.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Sarah Sears graduated from NSCAD University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Jewellery Design/ Metalsmithing. Currently she has adopted a more ‘freestyle approach’ to her work, which she hopes will infuse her jewellery with a new flavor and story.
Strongly influenced by architecture and engineering, Marie-Eve Castonguay playfully assembles geometrical forms and unveils the inherent structure of her pieces. Incorporating different mechanisms, her pieces show the dualistic tension between motion and stability.
Marie-Eve Castonguay is an emerging jewellery artist from Quebec City. After receiving three years of training as a goldsmith, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University, in Halifax.
Collinda Fahey’s current body of work focuses on time, in the most practical sense, as a result of recent struggles with speed of production. She has committed to completing pieces rapidly while exploring the material limits of wood and paper in jewellery.
Collinda is a jewellery artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who is currently completing a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University.
Raised in Cole Harbour Nova Scotia, Amy MacInnes is a large-scale jewellery artist. Recently graduated with a BA Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University, she was then accepted into the artists residency at NSCCD where she continues her exploration of materials and larger forms. Her spontaneous creative processes flourish with the masses of her hand-fabricated components, together creating visually striking and textural pieces.
Ryan Tingley is a potter from Halifax, Nova Scotia. After 10 years he finally received his BFA from NSCAD University in 2011. Drawing influences from his life, Ryan is currently exploring the use of slip and image transfers to enliven the surfaces of his utilitarian pottery.
Karolina-Anna Hajna is a ceramic artist who works with porcelain to make delicate pieces that are inspired by history, travel, pattern, light, and shapes. Over the course of the past year and the NSCCD residency, she has been exploring ceramics as a jewelry material. While working with the map of Paris, she has experimented with different sizes, shapes, thickness, and firings in order to make a jewelry line that would tell a story and be functional to wear.
Karolina-Anna chose the map of Paris because of its powerful, romantic, and inspiring history as well as the interesting shapes and curves. Each piece is carefully cut out, decorated, sanded, and fired multiple times. Some pieces are cutouts of one part of the city, while others are separate cutouts placed together, and others are a single cutout repeated.
Kate Ward is exploring landscapes, ladies and literature in Nova Scotia. For Ward, the spoon has become a metaphor for the experiences and strength of pioneering women, symbolizing nurturing and refering to the hardships and lack of food the pioneers experienced during the early years of Canada’s history. Ward uses this domestic object to represent scenes sketched from historic houses of Nova Scotia combined with text by pioneer Canadian authoresses.
Kate Ward is an artist working across textiles, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. She has a BaVa from the Australian National University and is represented in collections in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Kate has recently completed a residency at Hill End, a historic gold mining town in Australia where she investigated the lifestyle and hardships of pioneering women.