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Ceramic Arts Instructors

Linda Doherty

Linda comes from a family of makers and has been practicing her art for over 30 years. Though clay is her chosen medium, she delights in combining it with other materials. Not limited by tradition, her inspiration comes from nature and industry, usually resulting in works on the edge of function. This seems to be a reflection of her life where she divides her time between Burnaby and the Nicola Valley. She feels she has the best of both worlds. The serene setting at her Stump Lake studio is conducive for creating ‘one of a kind’ pieces and she is also rewarded by motivating and inspiring others through her work at the Shadbolt Centre of the Arts.

Jay MacLennan

Jay Maclennan started ceramics in high school with noted local ceramic sculptor and teacher Keith Rice-Jones.  He went on to receive his BFA from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1995.  Jay has work in many private collections and has exhibited nationally and internationally.  He divides his time between his studio and work as the Shadbolt Centre’s full time ceramics technician. 

Charmian Nimmo

Charmian began potting in high school and, after graduating, apprenticed with a production potter for three years before starting her own studio, making and selling functional work in BC. and across Canada. In 1992, Charmian began teaching pottery at various community centres in Vancouver. In addition to regular classes, she has also taught numerous workshops on tile and fountain making, hand-building and wheel-throwing. She is a member of the Kingsmill Studio on Granville Island and her work can be found there and in several other shops and galleries in BC.  

Arlynn Nobel

Arlynn Nobel is a committed vessel maker who enjoys challenging the limitations of the clay medium, developing techniques that enable new avenues of expression. Born and raised in Detroit, Arlynn is a long-time resident of Canada, receiving her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. In 2007, Arlynn was selected to represent Canada as an artist in residence at the Goshogawara International Woodfiring Festival in Aomori, Japan, where her work remains in the permanent collection of the Tsugaru Kanayama Gallery. After earning her MFA in ceramics from UMass Dartmouth in 2011, Arlynn taught at both Harvard Ceramics and Mudflat Studio in Boston. Arlynn is currently on the board at Watershed Centre for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. 

Fredi Rahn

Fredi Rahn is a ceramic artist and educator in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She makes pots in a backyard studio in East Vancouver. She also takes part in community firings at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby.  Her journey in clay began at a young age through community centre classes, leading to study at Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design and later the Nova Scotia College of Art. She has participated in artists' residencies at Watershed, in Maine, The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, Talavera Uriarte in Puebla, Mexico, and The Banff Centre in Alberta. Fredi exhibits her work across Canada and the US.

Tanis Saxby

Tanis lives and works as a sculptor in Vancouver, Canada and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Saxby began her career as an apprentice before studying at the University of Victoria and Kootenay School of the Arts. She was awarded the A.I.R. Vallauris, an international residency in Vallauris, France where Picasso also studied ceramics. Her works, are collected privately throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.        

Robert Stickney

Robert Stickney has more than 40 years’ experience in art related endeavors (as artist, mentor, educator and advocate).  He taught art (primarily ceramics) at St. George’s Senior School for 27 years—which involved planning, teaching, evaluating and exhibiting student work, as well as organizing visiting artists’ schedules and international art tours. Since his retirement from teaching, Robert has been producing a variety of forms in clay, for exhibition and sale. He was the 2012 "Artist in Residence" at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Nora Vaillant

Nora Vaillant is a potter, writer and anthropologist who has been working in clay for over 20 years.  With experience teaching both adults and children, Nora draws on her love of different pottery traditions from around the world to inspire her students.  She participates in the Eastside Culture Crawl and Vancouver’s Artists in Our Midst selling her salt glazed stoneware pottery. A board member of the Potters Guild of BC and the Canadian Clay Symposium, Nora was a resident artist in Oaxaca, Mexico and at Banff Centre for the Arts.  She guest-curated “High Fire Culture” for the Belkin Art Gallery and has contributed to Studio Potter magazine and Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries.  

Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal where he completed two Bachelor of Fine Art Programs in Art Education and Ceramics. He currently resides in New Westminster where he creates functional and sculptural ceramics with focuses on both translucent porcelain and woodfired stoneware. As an instructor he approaches teaching with enthusiasm, aiming to help his students build upon their strengths in order to learn new skills and better realize their own creative goals.

Sabrina Keskula

Sabrina holds Bachelor of Fine Art degrees in studio, photography and ceramics from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and UBC.  She attained her BEd Degree from UBC in 1992 (her teaching major in art), and was awarded the Elmore Ozard Art Education Prize by the UBC Faculty of Education.  As an artist and art educator, Sabrina receives pleasure and satisfaction from playing a role in the learning, growth and development of children and adults. Sabrina has been teaching beginner and continuing level ceramic classes at the Shadbolt Centre since 1998. 

Kristine Aguilar

Kristine discovered her love for clay and wheel throwing while attending Langara College’s Fine Arts Diploma program. She continued her education in Montreal and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in 2009. Since finishing school, Kristine has worked as an Artist-in-Residence in Japan, Mexico and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Her work has been shown in various galleries including the Gallery of BC Ceramics and Charlie Cummings Gallery, and was featured in an article in Scout Magazine. She currently works from her studio in East Vancouver.

Christina Shimek

Chris Shimek was born in Vancouver, BC. She attended Langara Community College before completing her BFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University, Montreal in 2018. While attending Concordia she focused on ceramics and installation, working to combine fiction with function and take full advantage of the storytelling power of everyday objects.

Annabel Biro

Annabel Biro received a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a major in Ceramics and minor in Art History. Annabel has taught numerous youth ceramic classes and always loves the opportunity to encourage creativity. Her goal as a teacher is to explore each student’s individual interests and help them achieve their own creative goals.  As an artist, Annabel is interested in exploring themes surrounding function and material. Her practice mingles with a variety of art mediums depending on the project. She enjoys creating installations that like to play with humour, trust and anticipation.

Darlene Nairne

Darlene Nairne is a ceramic artist who specializes in working with Porcelain.  She discovered ceramics as a medium after majoring in Psychology at U.B.C. After years of exploring creativity through a practice in Ceramics, she returned to school, graduating from Langara Fine Arts.  She has followed a career as teacher, technician, mentor and maker of Ceramics: having a shared  studio on Granville Island with Bob Kingsmill and Don Hutchinson. She is presently a Ceramics Technician at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. For her, the versatility of the Ceramic medium and the technical challenge of Porcelain in particular, make this a wonderful experience to share with students.