The Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts is a teaching guild with a strong focus on the provision of quality instruction in a variety of disciplines. Both our volunteer and freelance instructors are talented artists as well as knowledgeable and inspirational teachers. Short profiles for some of our core instructors, presented in alphabetical order, appear below.
Janet has been enjoying open studios at the Guild since 1996 and knows all the details that can make the studio experience comfortable and understandable. Janet leads open studio orientation for new potters, showing the equipment and tools available and explaining our expectations of studio members. She will answer any questions, no matter how trivial or irrelevant they might seem. Janet is primarily a wheel potter but has also taught handbuilding.
Minnie started sewing seriously at 13, coinciding with her first job in a fabric store, and has sewn almost everything! Since retirement, she has focused on fibre arts including quilting, dyeing and felting. She sees projects as canvasses for experimenting with fibres, embellishments and techniques. In 2015, she advanced her costume-making skills through an intensive 4-month course at the Northern College of Costume. Minnie teaches mending techniques for the Guild.
Cynthia is a multi-disciplinary crafter who enjoys many fibre arts including knitting, weaving, quilting, needlework, and many other crafts. She designs and sells her own original knitting patterns online as Redtigerdesigns. Cynthia teaches knitting and rigid heddle weaving at the Guild.
Cynthia has developed her skills as a potter through many classes and visiting instructor workshops offered at the Guild over the past 20 years. She particularly enjoys throwing and underglazing. She is known for her large plates and platters and her hand-painted pottery ornaments. Cynthia teaches the occasional pottery workshop at the Guild.
Pat is a passionate felt-maker who specializes in small sculptural artwork. In 2015, she had a solo exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre called "Under the Sea". The pieces included in the exhibit were sea creatures as interpreted in her imagination. Pat teaches wet felting at the Guild.
Although largely a self-taught potter, Ann has benefited from ceramics courses at the University of Victoria and a short residency at Medalta. She feels fortunate to have been part of the Guild since 1992 where fellow members and workshops with visiting potters have helped her understand the relationship between process and product. While creating with clay has long been a big part of her life, the possibilities still seem endless. Ann teaches beginner and intermediate wheel and handbuilding classes at the Guild.
Wendy has been potting with the Guild for over 20 years and has extensive teaching experience. She especially enjoys throwing and glazing and prefers to make functional items such as plates, bowls and mugs. Wendy teaches beginner and intermediate wheel classes at the Guild.