airCRAFT Residents


airCRAFT - 9 Month Career Development 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. 


2019-20 airCRAFT Residents:

Jessie Fraser

Born in Calgary Jessie Fraser is a craft oriented visual artist working predominantly in the medium of fibre. Her practice considers how imagery, poetry and hand-woven cloth may be combined, to investigate the affective potential of woven cloth and text in site-sensitive installations. Fraser completed an MFA in 2019 at the Alberta University of the Arts in Craft Media. She has exhibited work in a number of venues throughout Calgary, including group shows at Viviane Gallery and Stride Gallery. Image, text and textiles, along with photographic and weaving processes are used as sites of intuitive and emotional investigation. Using time as both a process and a material Jessie’s practice is the process of weaving. She weaves not only with thread but historic narratives and atmospheric feeling.


Trevor Novak

Trevor Novak grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and now lives in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He received an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario and has just recently finished his BFA in Ceramics at NSCAD University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Trevor is currently the artist in residence at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

Trevor is interested in narrative and myth and enjoys bringing stories to life with human and animal figures. Trevor’s sculptures, though often humorous on first glance hold deeper darker meanings when considered further.



2018-19 airCRAFT Residents:

Julian Covey 

Julian Covey, was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and lived in Montreal, Quebec must of his life. Covey extremely passionate about ceramic art and its ability to record and communicate complex ideas through a material culture. He now is a Halifax based ceramic artist, where his work is a balance of sculptural and utilitarian ceramic. Completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University in 2018, he recently finished a semester abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Covey teaches ceramic classes with the NSCAD School of Extended Studies and the Center for Craft Nova Scotia.

He has been the recipient of several awards at NSCAD University including, the World Encounter Scholarship, the Walter Ostrom Scholarship for Ceramics, the Kevin and Karen Lynch Scholarship for Ceramics, the MacAdam Trust Scholarship, the Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award, and his nomination for the 2018 Starfish Art Awards.

"My use of pattern and polyhedral configurations stem from my longstanding interest in science, mathematics, and the philosophy of sacred geometry. The high-gloss surfaces of my wares celebrate colour and sensuality and are an expression of my queer identity. Working with moulds has given me the freedom to explore shapes, forms, and styles that diverge from traditional wheel-thrown pottery. Working in this way provides an enormous amount of control, precision to my process, while it nurtures my inner designer without having to sacrifice the gratifying tactile experience of using clay." - Julian Covey


Athanasia Vayianou

Athanasia Vayianou, was born in Limassol, Cyprus. The island’s politically charged history had an impact on everyone growing up there, her response was to develop an awareness and appreciation for family, history, and nature. Having access to art classes and creative studies all throughout her secondary schooling, it became a way of expressing herself. Moving to Canada and enrolling at NSCAD University, Vayianous discovered her love of Art and History and a passion for Metalsmithing. She graduated in 2017 with a BFA majoring in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and is currently a resident in the airCRAFT residency at the Centre for Craft.

"I have always had an interest in space and fantasy. I spent much of my childhood stargazing while listening to bedtime stories of space explorers, foreign planets, and an age of discovery in the stars. I create jewellery pieces echoing these childhood roots and memories. Blending geometry and abstraction with silver, enamel, and unique gemstones, I make functional and beautiful pieces of jewellery. The pieces strive to engage the viewer and wearer into looking closer, stimulating a sense of discovery within the piece itself." - Athanasia Vayianou


2017-18 airCRAFT Residents:


Kaas (Kaashif) Ghanie was born in London Ontario in 1989.  He received his Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University as well as Minor in Art History. 
"Raised in a Muslim family, I adhered to traditional religious values and my current practices investigate succinct personal connections, the vessels themselves stand in as reiterations of my intimate history. Religious, familial experiences expressed in the work uses interpretive forms of traditional Islamic vessels, dressed with symbolic or coded references."  - Ghanie
Nicholas Rosin is an emerging metalsmith and craftsperson residing in Halifax. While earning his BFA at NSCAD University, Rosin studied abroad in Pforzheim, Germany where he learned the technique of engraving. In 2016 he participated in the NSCCD Summer Residency and is the Metal/Jewellery Technician and an instructor at the Centre for Craft.
"Throughout my artistic practice I have focused on fabricating metal objects and jewellery that address social behavior, personal habits, and the oddities in language. I am inspired by the emotional reaction and reflection of the audience.  My current work is influenced by patterns, street art, and iconography utilizing the technique of engraving." - Rosin
Julie Wagner is a Halifax artist who earned her BFA with a major in ceramics at NSCAD University in 2014. Julie has participated in residencies at Medalta, Alberta, the NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program in Lunenburg, and AIR Vallauris, France. Julie's wall piece, "Home" was selected for the "30 under 30" exhibit at the Gardiner Museum (2014). 
"I am drawn to the meditative qualities of a repetitive motion. I am fascinated by how we learn about the world through our senses. Touch is a sense that can give us comfort and a great sense of calm. With this in mind, I attempt to evoke in my work a sense of intrigue and desire through the seductive quality of touch. " - Wagner

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.