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’ 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.
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.
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.
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.