Artists Showing Now

 
Berkeley Brown is a jewellery designer/goldsmith who graduated from NSCAD in 2009 with a major in jewellery design and metalsmithing. After finishing her degree, she spent two years in Scotland where she completed an artist in residency at the Glasgow School of Art.  Berkeley is currently working as an instructor and technician at NSCAD and continues to make and exhibit jewellery internationally. 
 
Berkeley’s work is inspired by a love of jewellery’s potential for precise movement and interaction, in combination with a passion for baking, food and cooking utensils. Necklaces inspired by whisks and spatulas, along with rings that spin in a way that recalls the motion of whisking, leave the practicalities of the original inspirational form behind, creating whimsical adornment.
 

 

 
Sarah Cheetham is a ceramist who graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a BFA in 2013.
 
Originally from rural Cape Breton, Sarah's work has been inspired by years of rummaging thought bottle dumps and old foundations as a child. 
 
Finding fragments of the past and using those pieces to tell a story or using them as a reference to create a new one is what Sarah expresses in her functional ceramics.
 

 
In the ‘70’s Ian Hope Simpson started working in a Halifax Shipyard as an apprentice blacksmith. Over the years he has built several houses and workshops, including his current residence and timber frame forge & woodworking shops above the Gaspereau Valley.
 
Ian Hope-Simpson has been operating Ironwood Forge & Woodworks near Wolfville, Nova Scotia since 1993.  He also has experience as a mason, carpenter, pewter smith, photographer and farrier, with an interest in art history, culture, architecture and the natural world.
 
The ironwork of Ian Hope-Simpson can be seen in many of the homes, gardens, businesses and wineries in the Annapolis Valley and beyond.
 

Pam McDonald, also known as Woolly Fish, is a self-taught fibre artist creating original artwork with new wool and fibre, she also uses traditional repurposed wool. Pam's work is described as a painterly styled, vibrant and colorful, with a rich texture.
 
Carrying on a Nova Scotian tradition, her medium is rug hooking. Born in Nova Scotia, Pam proudly carries on this tradition so lovingly started in her own family by her grandmothers. 
 
“I love designing my patterns, choosing the colours/textures and watching it come to life. I’m from a province with such a rich history of rug hooking it comes very natural. I love expressing my creative side in this way.”
 

 

Born in Montreal, after Don Moore graduated from the Montreal Graphic Arts Technical Foundation in 1979 he relocated to Nova Scotia where he took his first woodturning instruction.

Don is a founding member of the Nova Woodturners Guild of Halifax and a professional woodturner who teaches and demonstrates for various tool-manufacturing companies. He has also studied woodturning internationally and  graduated from the “Ecole Escoulen Tournage sur Bois”, in Aiguines, then received  further instruction from Alain Mailland at his Studio in Chamborigaud, France.

 

 
“I remember the day I threw my first pot and the thought came to me that I could be a potter and have that thrill all the time. I was 18 years old and had just arrived in Vancouver, having left Kitchener, Ontario where l was born. “
 
In 1976 Rachel Morouney came back east. She worked for a potter in Meat Cove NS as a mother’s helper in exchange for pottery lessons. Even though she saw how hard it was to be a craft person at the same time as raising a family that didn’t chill her ambition to follow her chosen course which led her to Fort Smith NWT where she practiced making pots on a kick wheel in another potter’s back garden. 
 
Rachel met her husband in Fort Smith and in 1978 they left the north to build a home in New Brunswick. They built space for her to work and began Hidden House Pottery and in their home.
 

 

Megnan Qu started training professionally at 15, making the quality of her work stand out among emerging artists. Originally trained as a painter, she expresses vivid colours in her jewelry. 

Having grown up in China, travelling through her homeland and in North America is what inspired her pieces. Inspired by Chinese cultural subject matter and using experimental materials in concert with traditional Chinese crafts provides depth and resonance in her work. 

Megnan Qu has a sensitive eye and the patience to develop complex skills, working on labor intensive enamel jewelry. Her meditation-like process reconsiders western society through a lens of traditional Chinese culture as well as reconsidering Chinese society from an international perspective. 

 

 
As a Native Haligonian, Chris Shute began his education in metalsmithing at NSCAD then continued to self-educate as he mastered working with leather, stones, casting and carving. 
 
Since 1981 he has worked more exclusively as a jeweller - one who loves the challenge of combining different materials to create original designs. From whittling wood to polishing stones, his deft handwork is evident.
 
“From many years of experience I now know where I can break the rules, and how to control it.”
 

 

 

Laurie Swim is an award winning textile artist residing in Lunenburg, NS. In 2013 she was awarded the Portia White Prize, Nova Scotia's largest prize recognizing artistic excellence. She studied painting at Mount Allison University and NSCAD University, before apprenticing with Danish designers Lisbeth Have and Annette Juel.

Laurie has written three books, two published internationally, on quilt art. The Joy of Quilting with an Introduction by Alex Colville, 1984, made her an early leader in the art quilt field. Laurie's third book, Rags to Riches: The Quilt as Art with an introduction by Mary Pratt, was published in Canada in 2007.

Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the New York Museum of Arts and Design, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, the Ontario Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, and in private collections.