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CODA CONFERENCE 2007
CRAFT HAS NO BOUNDARIES
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
June 14-17, 2007

Host - Alberta Craft Council
Partner - Canadian Crafts Federation
Location - Alberta College of Art and Design

Sponsors - American Craft Council, The Crafts Report

Presenter Bios


Maegen Black trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, receiving a Bachelor of Design with a major in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. During and after her studies she worked at 18 Karat, a small goldsmithing shop in downtown Toronto. Maegen then headed east to work for the Canadian Crafts Federation (CCF) at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, where her internship evolved from National Program Coordinator for the Craft Year 2007 project (see www.craftyear2007.ca) to the Administrative Director of the CCF. Maegen is also an active Board Member with the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, working on exhibitions and as editor of the guild's publication, MAGazine.

Bernard Burton is President of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, a position he has held for the past year and has been a member of the NSDCC Board of Directors for the past 7 years. Bernie has also served on the Board of CCF/FCMA since October 2004 as representative from Nova Scotia. He has been involved in the Canadian craft industry now for over 22 years and has been involved in many aspects of the sector including: craft producer, retailer, administrator and volunteer.

Bernie is also currently Manager of the Atlantic Craft Trade Show, a Halifax based pan-Atlantic association working with government to develop export and marketing opportunities within the craft sector in Atlantic Canada. Bernie is a member of the pan-Atlantic Cultural Exports Working Group and a member of the Canadian Association of Exposition Management.

Lance Carlson has been President & CEO of the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) since August 2004. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, CalArts, Art Centre College of Design, and other colleges, universities, and art & design programs; he holds graduate degrees in both cultural studies/sociology and design. His work as an artist is in select collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian, among others. For the last fifteen years, he has published art criticism and cultural commentary, including attention to the rapid changes in design thinking. His interest is in the redefinition of design and creative process as fields of inquiry and practice, especially with regard to how art and design institutions can embrace and animate a definition of design having more to do with human systems (especially as applied to business, organizations, and communities) than aesthetically-rooted theory and practice.

Caroline Clarke is the Marketing Projects Coordinator for the Craft Council of NL, and has been an employee of the organization for seven years. Primarily, she coordinates the Fine Craft and Design Fair and the Studio Guide but as her background is in graphic design, she is also responsible for most Craft Council promotional materials. Caroline has a keen interest in printmaking and craft, and has been known to make work for her own craft fair booth!

Linda Cullen-Saik is the Program Coordinator for the Continuing Education Visual Arts Program at Red Deer College. This includes the internationally recognized Series Program which now offers more than 100 courses each year and has expanded its program to include workshops in Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat. The hot shop kicks off the summer in May with glass blowing, casting, fusing and flamework. The rest of the summer is filled with furniture making, wood carving, painting, drawing, quilting, knitting, paper making, book arts as well as metal sculpture, jewellery and bronze casting and in the ceramic studio, wheel throwing, sculpture and handbuilding.
Dawn Detarando has been working in clay for over 20 years and has been teaching ceramics and giving workshops in various arts programs, Colleges and Universities. She is currently a studio artist and with her partner Brian McArthur co runs a successful public art and decorative tile business, “Voyager Art and Tile” in Red Deer, AB. Dawn received her MFA from The Ohio State University, Columbus and has her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Joanne Hamel is the Gallery & Member Service Coordinator for the Alberta Craft Council. Originally from Saskatchewan, Joanne moved to Alberta to study visual arts at Red Deer College and then Arts & Cultural Management at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. After eight years with the Council, she coordinates both Council galleries, member service programs and media relations.

Jay Kimball is responsible for the Clay Studio of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. Originally from Saskatchewan, Jay trained at the University of Regina and now makes his home on the east coast of Canada. He combines teaching, promotion and technician duties with design and production of his own work, and is heavily involved with the wider cultural community in St. John's.

Tom McFall is the executive director of the Alberta Craft Council, which operates Alberta’s only public gallery dedicated to craft culture. The Council presents 18+ exhibitions each year and offers a wide range of professional development and marketing services. Tom is involved in arts advocacy, locally and nationally, and is currently Chair of the Craft Working Group for Trade Team Canada – Cultural Goods and Services. He also writes, curates and develops exhibitions on various aspects of Alberta’s culture.

Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. His work and writing on the results of his technical research are published internationally. He developed 'fold forming', a series of techniques new to the metalsmithing field which allow rapid development of three dimensional surfaces and structures using simple equipment.

He has lived in Calgary since 1986 and is Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design as well as teaching full time, writing, exhibiting, consulting and making work. In 1996 he began a web site collaboration with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in Thailand. The Ganoksin Project web site is now the largest educational site in the world for jewelers with over 7 million unique users a year visiting and a 5,500 member archived, searchable discussion email list called Orchid.

Anne Manuel is the Executive Director of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, a position she has held for more than 20 years. As a senior staff person with the Craft Council, Anne has seen the craft industry and the Craft Council grow to a significant level of professionalism, creative integrity and economic impact. A native of St. John’s, Anne is also involved with other cultural organizations in the province, as well as other not for profit and economic development organizations and agencies.


Emma Quin is the General Manager of the Ontario Crafts Council. Over fifteen years with the OCC, Emma Quin has developed valuable and healthy relationships with the cultural sector. She encapsulates an important understanding of the OCC’s history and understands issues and concerns faced by craftspeople. Her visionary leadership and dedication to the organization have made a major impact on both the financial health and revitalized engagement with the Council. Within the last year she has been able to help the organization redefine its goals and business practices, what it delivers and how it functions.

Emma is an accomplished manager with a proven ability to plan strategies that contribute to revenue generation and organisational awareness. She has been recognized for accurate budgeting practices, creating and managing a $1.3 million operating budget. Through all positions held at the OCC Emma has developed exceptional leadership and team building skills, project planning, organizational, analytical, problem solving, report writing and facilitation skills.

Dean Tatam Reeves was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, England and lived in the Canadian prairie cities of Winnipeg and Edmonton before moving to Medicine Hat, Alberta, in 1998. Dean has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and is an established landscape painter who works directly from nature, year-round. He is also a visual arts instructor and public art gallery administrator. A father of four, Dean is currently Program Manager/ Curator with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat.

Julia Reimer’s distinctive blown glass pieces contain an aesthetic inspired by crisp prairie light and windswept grasslands reflecting this environments simplicity of light and form. Her original design and meticulous craftsmanship have been recognized through scholarships and awards from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Corning Museum of Glass and the Canada Council for the Arts. As well, her work is featured in the publication 500 Glass Objects. She is part owner of Firebrand Glass Studios in Black Diamond, Alberta and co-president of the Glass Art Association of Canada.

Tyler Rock has studied glass in Canada, the United States, France and Czechoslovakia. He now teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design. He is best known as a maker of elegant hand-blown over-sized lidded vessels. His work, which revolves around issues of center, light and form, with translucent, clear and black glass, can be found in galleries across Canada and the United States.

Carol Sedestrom Ross, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, was instrumental in founding of wholesale craft marketing in the US. She started the American Craft Council's Rhinebeck Craft Fair in 1973, followed by The Winter Market of American Crafts in Baltimore in 1977 and continued to initiate new craft markets in San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Atlanta.

In 1992, she left the American Craft Council to work for George Little Management, the first mainstream gift show management company that recognized the potential craft offered to the market. GLM's Handmade sections, which appear in five different cities, now provide a market opportunity for approximately 1200 craft exhibitors each season.

Jenna Stanton graduated with a BFA in ceramics from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2003. She is now the retail coordinator for the Alberta Craft Council and carries out independent research for the Edmonton Arts Council. Jenna creates her original clay tiles in her home and studio at Arts Habitat, an artists live/work community in downtown Edmonton.

Mark Stobbe, Executive Director Saskatchewan Craft Council. Saskatchewan Fine Craft artists and artisans are incredibly talented and creative. They enrich our province by creating beauty. As Executive Director of the Craft Council, my job is to help the Board serve our membership and Saskatchewan communities. I’m new to both the job and the cultural sector, but bring skills and experience obtained both in public service and successfully operating my own businesses.

Thomas Tait is Publisher of Galleries West magazine, which he launched in 2002 after twenty years as Founding Publisher of WHERE Calgary magazine. A native Albertan, Tom served in the Canadian Foreign Service at Canadian Embassies in Paris and Kinshasa.

Linda Tremblay is the Director of Marketing at the Conseil des Métiers d'Art du Québec (CMAQ / Quebec Craft Council). She is also in charge of two major CMAQ activities; cerification and exporting. Linda ran her own design and marketing company for many years before being appointed to her current position at CMAQ. As marketing director she is responsible for 2 boutiques that represent many of the 900 artist members at CMAQ and 1 gallery-boutique representing 30 world-class fine craft artists and their selected works. Linda is also leading the project of having Quebec fine crafts officially certified as authentic.

In addition, she travels abroad exploring new markets and directs the Crea Gallery which is CMAQ's international gallery that participates in prestigious exhibitions such as SOFA Chicago, SOFA New York, Palmbeach³, Musicora in Paris, France and soon Collect in London, UK. Linda also oversees the planning and organization of the Salon des Métiers d'Art du Québec, North America's largest annual craft show. Linda was recently named one of the 1000 Femmes Montréal, honoring 1000 select women who have made an impact on Montreal society.

Kari Woo, B.F.A. Independent Maker and Designer. Kari has been in the metal arts field since 1993. In 2003 she received her BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design, specializing in Jewellery and Metals. Her work is exhibited and collected in the USA, Europe and across Canada and was recently published in two international anthologies of art jewellery. She maintains a full-time studio practice in Calgary, is co-founder of INFLUX Jewellery Gallery, and is a dedicated Craft advocate and activist creating and promoting collectives and events that spread the good word of Craft!

  










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