Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio

Kathleen Tennock was in born in South Africa where she studied fine art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Now residing in Whistler, Kathleen is strongly influenced by BC’s west coast, but the forms and textures of Africa still remain very present in her work.

Photo by Sarah Mickel Photography

Kathleen works primarily with clay, using a primitive method of firing called Naked Raku. The raw texture of the clay and spontaneous markings created by the smoke firing during the Naked Raku process gives her work a natural and almost stone-like quality.

Photo by Anastasia Chomlack Photography

All of Kathleen’s work is unglazed, leaving the clay to its most natural state with only the markings from the smoke left behind from the firing process. Not using glaze allows her to maintain the tactile quality of the clay.

Photo by Sarah Mickel Photography

Circle Craft Coop member Kathleen Tennock will be joined by 300 other exhibitors at this year’s Circle Craft Market from November 7-11 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.


Mikel Grant Jewellery

Mikel Lefler of Mikel Grant Jewellery has been driven by the power of self-expression through art throughout her life.

A detour through university resulted in a biology degree and a collection of insects that inspired her first line of jewellery. After graduating, Mikel began training with silversmiths and discovered that creating jewellery was her life’s passion. She became a full-time independent jeweller in 2002.

Mikel Grant Jewellery reflects Mikel’s personal standards for integrity in craft, technique, and finish. All pieces are handmade on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

Mikel Grant Jewellery is one of the many Circle Craft members that will exhibit at this year’s Circle Craft Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from November 7-11, 2018.

Wedding & Anniversary Gifts

We’re right in the midst of wedding and anniversary season! Whether you’re looking for something extra special to get for that soon-to-be-married couple or a unique (and traditional!) anniversary gift for your other half, you should definitely visit our Shop on Granville Island for inspiration.

The Circle Craft Shop is full of beautiful handmade items for the home, all of which make perfect wedding gifts! Try a wood cutting board, bowl, and spatula (Claudia Hayward of The Wooden Forge); glass candle holders (Jeff Burnette); or a ceramic cream and sugar set (Liz de Beer of Klaywerk Studio). We also have lovely handmade cards (Jan MacLeod of Plant Papers).

Our Shop also carries several items ideal for traditional anniversary gifts. For your first wedding anniversary, there are lovely paper cards and artwork (Jan MacLeod of Plant Papers). A leather journal (Rudi Diesvelt of Rare Discovery) would be great for a third anniversary; a rugged wood box (Neno Catania) for a fifth. If you’re celebrating your sixth anniversary, we have iron card holders (Gina Medhurst of Kootenay Forge) and letter openers (Kelly Backs of Tree Studios). For your 25th wedding anniversary, try a lovely set of silver bangles (Svea Vatch).

For these and more great gift ideas, visit us in the Net Loft on Granville Island. We’re open seven days a week!

New Circle Craft Coop Members

Circle Craft is a unique BC Artist Cooperative dedicated to providing opportunities for craftspeople to connect with the community. Formed in 1972, Circle Craft has grown to become a major force in the marketing and promotion of quality craft utilizing a ‘direct from the artist’ approach. The Circle Craft Coop has over 125 members, 16 of which joined the coop in the last year. We would like to introduce you to a few of these new members!

Susie Benes
Susie Benes’ sculpture work strives to liberate the horse from its traditional representation as a possession, in order to discover a more essential equine element. She works in non-toxic, lightweight clay. Sculptures made from these artist quality clays can mimic the look of ceramic, but are lighter and very durable. They allow for new techniques and styles not necessarily available to traditional mediums.

Lorna Moffat
Textiles artist Lorna Moffat’s work is for anyone who wants to add an artistic conversation piece to their living space or own a piece of ‘wearable art’. Nature, landscape, architecture, and the many faces and cultures Lorna has experienced on her travels are a great source of inspiration for her work. There is also the occasional nod to her Scottish roots. Lorna fuses traditional stitching techniques such as appliqué and ‘mola’ work with her own style of fabric manipulation to create her signature stitched and collaged surfaces on pillows, bags, and blankets using wool, linen, cotton, silk, and velvet.

Ashley Ponter
Metal artist Ashley Ponter is inspired by modern architecture, indigenous wildlife, and the rich art history of BC. She maintains a special interest in exploring the circle of life of animals in the wild, aiming to create powerful pieces that capture the essence of the subject, using materials that are reflective of the innate strength required for survival. She incorporates different metals and practices into her work, using aluminum, hot rolled steel, silver, and brass to create distinctive wall panels and other wildlife art.

Yookyoung Yong
Over a decade of travels and studies have inspired Yookyoung Yong’s simple and quiet forms in clay. At the heart of her designs lies an idea, conveyed by shape, form, contour, and a quiet colour. Her work uses simple yet captivating patterns designed to evoke emotion and feeling. Each piece is handcrafted with precision and love. No two pieces are the same, and each piece has its own individual charm.

Father’s Day Gifts

Are you looking for something unique and handmade to give your dad this Father’s Day? Look no further than our Shop on Granville Island! From cards and coasters to fashion accessories and home decor, we have you covered.

Hardworking dads deserve a break! Help them relax and enjoy some downtime with a glass tumbler by Jeff Burnette, leather coasters by Lincoln Heller (Fiveleft Leather), and a wood bowl perfect for holding snacks by Neno Catania. And don’t forget the card! This one features artwork by Rae Maté.

Dads like to accessorize too! A leather wallet by Rudi Diesvelt is always a good choice. So is a leather belt by Lincoln Heller (Fiveleft Leather). These rugged rings by Jakob Bauer are also great for men. For something more appropriate for relaxing at home, try these comfy slippers from Helen and Jeremy Long (Padraig Cottage).

For some great home decor for men, try this airplane by Jo Ludwig (Kiln Art Glass). This ceramic plate by Laura van der Linde and these fun wood insects by Hermann Edler make wonderful gifts as well. Top it all off with a handmade Father’s Day card by Jan MacLeod.

The Circle Craft Shop is located in the Net Loft on Granville Island. We’re open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Come visit us to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for your dad!

Mother’s Day Gifts

It’s now May, and that means Mother’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re still looking for that perfect gift to let your mom know just how special she is, visit the Circle Craft Shop on Granville Island! We have plenty of unique gift items.

For the fashion conscious mom, there are beautiful scarves by Ulrieke Benner and stylish leather clutch purses by Lincoln Heller (Fiveleft Leather).

If your mom loves jewellery, there are plenty of lovely pieces available in the Shop, including these earrings, bracelet, and ring by Diane Tordjman (Yutal Jewelry Fusion). There are also some stunning wood jewellery boxes, such as this one by George Knoll (Bert’s Wood Works).

For the tea-loving mom, there are a number of wonderful ceramic items, including this teapot by Junichi Tanaka, these mugs by Haejin Lee, and this plate by Friederike Rahn.

Visit the Circle Craft Shop in the Net Loft on Granville Island to discover these items and much more!

“Candy Obsession” Gallery Show

We are pleased to present a jewellery exhibit in our Gallery on Granville Island: “Candy Obsession,” with work by Magali Thibault Gobeil, winner of the Prix François-Houdé 2017.

In this exhibit, Quebec-based artist Thibault Gobeil pushes the boundaries of contemporary jewellery by combining two collections, “Somebody got crazy with the candy machine” and “Funky Obsession.”

“Driven by her desire to revolutionize the world of jewellery, she draws her artistic process from her quest for fluidity in both shapes and colors.” (From the The Prix François-Houdé 2017 media release.)

“Candy Obsession” is on from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily until April 29, 2018 at the Circle Craft Shop & Gallery in the Net Loft on Granville Island.  Admission is free.

Spring is in the Air

Now that it’s officially spring, we thought it would be fun to share a few of the spring-themed items that are currently available for purchase in the Circle Craft Shop on Granville Island!

Clockwise from top left: Christine Seigneuret, Lisa Samphire, Diane Jordens, Maria Girod, Jan Benda, Maria Girod, Ted Jolda

There are some sweet bunnies created by Maria Girod, Diane Jordens, and Shima Itabashi.

Shima Itabashi

There are also some beautiful glass items such as eggs from Ted Jolda, birds from Jan Benda, and vases from Lisa Samphire. We also have some lovely spring-coloured pillows from Christine Seigneuret.

Susan Cain

Other decorative items perfect for spring are fabric hummingbirds by Susan Cain and papier-mâché art by Wendy Murphy.

Wendy Murphy

Visit us in the Net Loft on Granville Island to discover these items and more. We’re open seven days a week!

Winter Wear

Looking for some fashionably warm items this winter? The Circle Craft Market has you covered! From coats and slippers to blankets and hats, you’ll find plenty of cute and cozy items.

Adhesif Clothing Co. (Booth 441)
Adhesif Clothing Co. uses new and recycled fabrics to create noticeable and original one-of-a-kind garments. This way, every garment retains its very own unique personality, just like you! Adhesif Clothing is as unique as the people who are drawn to them.

Garneau Slippers (Booth 253)
Garneau & Co. design and handcraft high-quality sheepskin slippers and accessories. Its team of talented artisans, located in an atelier in an Eastern Townships of Quebec, preserves through their work traditional craftsmanship and a return to a natural aesthetic.

Erdaine Knitwear/Kermodey (Booth 452)
Cozy like a hug, soft like a unicorn, and unique like a snowflake, Kermodey blankets are made of premium colourfast Italian yarns carded from 19.5-micron wool fiber that gives an incredible softness. Wool has one of the best ratio weight/warmth. It is natural, breathable, sustainable, and is warm even when wet.

Vividworks (Booth 222)
All Vividworks creations are unique in their design and are handmade by Den in Little River, Comox on Vancouver Island. Sculpture, texture, and an element of stylish fun are the starting blocks for these designs. Other influences have been drawn from the styles of the 1920s – 1940s and an innate love of ‘doodling’.

Today is the last day of the Circle Craft Christmas Market. Join us from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

Circle Craft Christmas Market
November 8-12, 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Wednesday-Friday 10am to 9pm | Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 5pm

Check in at circlecraftmarket.net for the latest Circle Craft Christmas Market information. Tickets are now available for purchase online, where you’ll find discounts for students, seniors, and groups.


Pottery has always been an important part of the Circle Craft Christmas Market. There are 25 exhibitors in the clay category this year, and each one has their own unique style. A few of these exhibitors include Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio, Gordon Hutchens Studio, eikcam ceramics, and Sophia Clay Art.

Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio (Booth 543)
Kathleen uses primitive methods of firing like sawdust and naked raku. Without using glaze, she is able to maintain the tactile quality of the clay, which makes her work not only visually pleasing, but also inviting to touch. The raw texture of the clay and spontaneous markings created by the smoke firing during the naked raku process give Kathleen’s work a natural and almost stone-like quality.

Gordon Hutchens Studio (Booth 341)
Gordon’s work is well known for the depth and diversity of his glazes and the strength and refinement of his forms. He produces a variety of work from sculptured to functional, and utilizes an extremely broad range of techniques.

eikcam ceramics (Booth 213)
eikcam ceramics is a home decor collection designed and handmade by Vancouver artist/designer, Grace Lee. Most of Grace’s work lends a sense of naturalness and whimsy, which serve as functional pieces for the table or home. Grace’s approach to design remains a kind of layered simplicity. She often combines different textures with hues and colours to complement the form, shape, and functionality of the piece.

Sophia Clay Art (Booth 156)
Sophia’s work is influenced by the textures of oaks, birches, pine trees, and aspens in Pacific Northwest. She is particularly mesmerized by the scars on their barks, which tell their stories.

You’ll meet these ceramic artists and more at this year’s Circle Craft Christmas Market, on until Sunday.

Circle Craft Christmas Market
November 8-12, 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Wednesday-Friday 10am to 9pm | Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 5pm

Check in at circlecraftmarket.net for the latest Circle Craft Christmas Market information. Tickets are now available for purchase online, where you’ll find discounts for students, seniors, and groups.