Mayor's Art Award for Craft and Design

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2017 recipients

Brendan Lee Satish Tang


Born in Ireland to Trinidadian parents, Brendan Lee Satish Tang moved to Canada when he was five. Tang’s upbringing informed his approach to art making, and he now works as a visual ethnographer – documenting and interpreting contemporary culture through his own assumptions, preferences, values and personal history.

Tang aims to create work that serves as a portal for reflection and dialogue. While his aesthetic is driven by a manic consumption of visual culture, Tang’s work is labour intensive and detail oriented, with a high value on craftsmanship. Working primarily in clay, he exploits its ability to convincingly emulate other materials. By employing hand painting, gold lustre, airbrushing, hand-modelled filigree, and photo-based decals, among other means, Tang creates unusual and alluring pieces. Tang teaches in the ceramics department of Emily Carr University of Art + Design and is represented by Gallery Jones.

Shaun Peter Mallonga

Emerging artist

Shaun Peter Mallonga was born in Vancouver. Having spent most of his formative years in both the Philippines and India, he migrated back to Canada with his family seeking brighter futures. His work uses narrative to investigate the malleability and tensions of identity evoked by his experiences with migration and queer identity.

Mallonga’s practice in ceramics began at the Langara College Fine Arts Diploma Program (2014) in Vancouver, BC. He has recently completed his Bachelor's in Fine Arts degree at the Alberta College of Art + Design (2017) as a Ceramics Major. Mallonga has exhibited his works at the Marion Nicoll, Illingworth Kerr, Untitled Arts Society, and Yuill Family Gallery in Alberta. He is currently working on furthering his studio practice in his hometown, Vancouver.

Past recipients

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Sharon Kallis


Sharon Kallis is a community engaged environmental artist and committed life-long learner. Learning while teaching – and teaching while learning – Sharon partners with ecologists, gardeners, weavers and others with an interest in linking traditional hand technologies to what we can grow, gather and glean in our urban green spaces.

This “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials has led to experiments in bio-remediation through up-purposing invasive plants and park design with planting choices that foster community connection back to place, the seasons, and our shared pre-industry cultural traditions. The founding executive director of EartHand Gleaners Society, Sharon has worked extensively with Vancouver Park Board since 2008. Somehow Sharon also manages to make a few items for personal use with the skills and materials she has gathered along the way.

Rebecca Graham

Emerging artist

Rebecca Graham was born and raised in the Fraser Valley and worked as a tree planter and commercial artist in Northern BC. Interested in the interface of land and culture, she studied sciences and food systems at UBC and in Costa Rica, textile design in West Africa, and received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In the past 10 years, she has continued to study weaving techniques with masters such as Alastair Heseltine and Cheryl Samuel, and designed and led eco-art programming for festival goers, families, children, teachers, artists, andthe elderly.

Debra Sloan


Debra Sloan was self-taught in the early to mid '70s, and later attended Vancouver School of Art (1979-1982) and Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2004).

She has been a member of all the provincial craft boards; co-founded an archival website for the Potters Guild of BC supported by the BC History Digitization Project; and is collecting BC ceramics marks.

She has adjudicated and taught extensively, including 21 years at the Shadbolt Arts Centre, and is one of the founders of West Coast Clay Sculptors’ Association.

Debra’s work has been represented in international exhibitions and magazines, and in six Lark 500 books. She recently published an article about contemporary ceramics in BC.

Debra received a BC Arts Council Visual Arts Award, and a Circle Craft Co-op Scholarship for residencies at the International Ceramic Studio, Hungary

In 2014, Debra was artist in residence at the Leach Pottery (St. Ives, UK) supported by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association.

She is represented in the Studio Ceramics Canada website.

Debra has been accepted into the Ceramics, Residencies, Exhibitions, Teaching and the Arts (C.R.E.T.A) - Rome residency, supported by the Hilda Gerson Award.

Sam Knopp

Emerging artist

Sam Knopp is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2013), where she was the recipient of the Graduation Award for ceramics as well as the BMO 1st Art Award! for BC.

With a deep passion for the ceramics community, Sam has studied with local potters Darlene Nairne and Don Hutchinson; sits on the Board for the Potters Guild of BC; and is a co-founder of the Dusty Babes Ceramic Collective based in White Rock, BC.

In 2014, she received a BC Arts Council Grant for a residency at the Medalta International Artist in Residence Program in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Currently, in addition to her artistic and community practice, she works as the studio technician for Ceramics and Print Media at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Mary Lou Trinkwon


Mary Lou Trinkwon, 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Craft and Design honoreeMary Lou Trinkwon began her artistic life in Vancouver in the early 1980s, moving here to study modern dance with Paula Ross.

In 1994, after actively engaging in the independent dance and theatre community, she enrolled in the textile art program at Capilano University. It was this educational experience that led to teaching and coordinating of the program. Her passion for education led her to earn a master’s degree in education in 2008. This experience has informed her thinking about craft education within a broader artistic, political and scholarly context, and continues to fuel her passion for the complexities of teaching and learning.

In her artistic practice, Mary Lou explores and attempts to articulate the importance of material objects to our self-identities. Crafted objects and material processes remain central to her presentation formats and methods, along with audience engagement and empowerment.

Marie Horstead

Emerging artist

Marie Horstead, 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Craft and Design emerging artistMarie Horstead is a Vancouver-based fibre artist currently living in Strathcona. Marie completed a diploma in textile and fibre arts at Capilano University in 2008. In 2010, she moved to Montreal to finish her undergraduate degree at Concordia University, where she graduated with honours in fibre art and was awarded the Prix Diagonale, which recognizes excellence in the medium of fibres.

Marie recently completed her master of fine arts at the University of BC where she was the recipient of the Fred Herzog Award in visual arts.

Her interests are in feminist theory and textile education preservation.

Dominique Bréchault


2013 Craft and Design Honoree Dominique BrechaultDominique Bréchault is an artist and educator who has lived in Vancouver for over 30 years. Born and raised in France, she moved to Canada after completing her university studies. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Poitiers, and is a graduate of both the Emily Carr College of Art and Design and the Jewellery Art and Design Program at Vancouver Community College (VCC).

She has maintained a studio as a goldsmith since 1992, and has participated in many exhibitions nationally and internationally.

"Journeys and transformation, and the idea of 'home,' are themes close to my heart and ones that I have been exploring on and off for many years," says Bréchault. She taught Continuing Education jewelry classes with the Vancouver School Board for 20 years and is currently an instructor at VCC.


Emerging artist

2013 Craft and Design Emerging Artist UrszulaUrszula of ZULA Jewelry + Design was born in Warsaw, Poland and lived in Germany before her family moved to Canada when she was five. Urszula has always used her hands to create adornment. While pursuing a career in acting, she had a small business as a bead and wire jeweller.

She studied silversmithing and completed a diploma in Jewelry Art and Design from Vancouver Community College. She was awarded the 2009 Page and Wilson Award for Overall Achievement for “CSI Verona,” a collection of evidence found at the scene of Romeo and Juliet’s death, and the 2010 Habson’s Award for Best Display for her “Dorsal Carapace.”

As a jeweller, she works with objects from nature that she finds in the forest, beach, and desert. In 2011, she was asked to exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre with her collection BONE.

Yvonne Wakabayashi


2012 Honouree Artist Yvonne WakabayashiYvonne Wakabayashi is a Vancouver-born textile artist. Her Japanese heritage and the sea influence her textiles, which have recently moved toward sculptural forms. Japanese influences range from the teachings of Hiroyuki Shindo in the ancient art of shibori, to the special silks from a family mill in Gunma Prefecture, to the elegant qualities of simplicity and understatement learned from her mother. Her art recreates the delicate and fragile beauty of sea life. In her own words, “I have been to the water’s edge and have collected memories which have become the inspiration for my art.” Wakabayashi’s work has been exhibited internationally and she has been nominated for and received many awards and honours. However, she is most comfortable with and gains a sense of accomplishment through teaching, which allows her to exchange ideas with students.

Soledad Munoz

Emerging artist

2012 Emerging Artist Soledad MunozSoledad Munoz is an interdisciplinary artist born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Rancagua, Chile. With a base in textile arts, and through a combination of new and old technologies, she explores the ever-changing woven spaces we inhabit, navigating outside of language and representation. While still living in Chile, Munoz studied Film Arts at the Art and Social Science University of Santiago (ARCIS). After returning to Canada, she completed the Textile Arts Program at Capilano University, where she focused mostly on weaving, acquiring skills that are now the material and conceptual base for her practice. Munoz is now furthering her education at Emily Carr University of Art + Design where she has developed a body of work composed of performance, sound-based installations, and environment-responsive pieces which come alive through the interaction of the viewer.

The 2012 peer jury was Paul Mathieu, Ruth Scheuing, and Robert Studer

Robert Studer


2011 Craft & Design Honouree Robert StuderRobert Studer is a principal of this is it design inc, a creative laboratory focused on blurring the boundaries between art, craft, and design. The achievved results take the form of architectural and commissioned works of art, functional design, and products that have been represented, marketed, and sold internationally. Robert is a practicing artist/designer who has also exhibited and participated in symposia internationally. His art works are found in the collections of Microsoft and Simon Fraser Univerisity. Among Robert's notable Vancouver installations are the 28-foot Navigation: Origin Unknown in Cathedral Place and the panel of swimming fish profiles that is the Vancouver Aquarium's unique donor recognition feature. Roberts has also created commissions of art presented on behalf of the citizens of Canada to HRM Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of York, and other foreign dignitaries. A founding member and instrumental in the formation of the BC Glass Arts Association (1989), Robert also served as President from 1994 to 1995. He earned his journeyman trade qualifications in industrial pipe and steam fitting in 1986.

Zoe Garred

Emerging artist

2011 Craft & Design Emerging Artist Zoe GarredZoe Garred's interest is in creating elegantly simple, useful objects. Since the usefulness of an object is entirely subjective, Zoe explores ways of designing objects to be open in their function, inviting the owner to define its significance. Zoe's designs are also driven by a desire to minimize waste, both during production and in the hands of the consumer. As a result, the use of materials in each piece is carefully considered. After degrees in painting from the Univeristy of Calgary and in industrial design from Emily Carr University, Zoe designed for many years under her own name, exhibiting at Design Week in London and 100% Design in Tokyo. She launched Fleet Objects, her Vancouver-based design studio, as the commercial endeavour of her studio practice at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City in May 2010.

The 2011 peer jury was Paul Yard, Paul Mathieu, and Ruth Scheuing.

Ruth Scheuing


2010 Honouree Artist Ruth ScheuingRuth Scheuing is an artist, educator, and writer who works with textiles, focusing on pattern, language, and mythology. Her works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally and often combine old and new technologies, such as the computerized Jacquard looms used in her artist residency Silkroads at the Surrey Art Gallery Tech lab. Her published writings include The Unraveling of History: Penelope and other Stories and she is co-editor of Material Matters: the Art and Culture of Contemporary Textiles. Ruth is also included in Art Textile of the World: Canada, published in 2009. She teaches in the Textile Arts Program at Capilano University and is the current president of the Textile Society of America.

Sharon Kallis

Emerging artist

2010 Emerging Artist Sharon KallisSharon Kallis, with a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials, works to discover the inherent material potential in a landscape. By involving community and connecting traditional hand techniques with re-purposed invasive species or garden waste, site-specific installations become ecological interventions. Graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1996, Sharon began working materials from the land in 1999 and has exhibited and activated communities in Ireland, Spain, and throughout the United States. Locally projects include THE IVY PROJECT in Stanley Park, NEST in Crab Park, and ongoing interventions at the Means of Production garden in Mount Pleasant. Sharon has received Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council grants and is the 2010 recipient of the Lillian Elliott Award for Excellence in Fibre Arts.

The 2010 peer jury was Pay Yard, Greg Bellerby, and Paul Mathieu.

Paul Mathieu


2009 Honouree Artist Paul MathieuPaul Mathieu has been a student of ceramics since 1972, in Montreal, Calgary, Stoke-on-Trent in England, and San Francisco and Los Angeles in the USA, where he received a Master of Fine Art degree (MFA) from UCLA in 1987. He has taught ceramics since 1976, in Montreal at the college and university levels, in Mexico, and in Paris at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. Since 1996, he has been teaching in Vancouver in the Faculty of Visual and Material Culture at Emily Carr University. His work has been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions, among them Mino, Japan in 1992, 1994, and 2002, and in Korea, Taiwan, Italy, England, Australia, and all over the US and Canada. His work has been exhibited in 21 individual exhibitions since 1978, and in cities throughout Canada and the US. His work is in numerous private and public collections world-wide.

Alwyn O'Brien

Emerging artist

2009 Emerging Artist Alwyn O'BrienAlwyn O'Brien was born on a rural property on Salt Spring Island, BC, to a family of makers and gardeners. Her ceramic practice has taken her across Canada, studying at Capilano College, in Vancouver, Sheridan College of Ontario under Bruce Cochrane and Susan Low-Beer, the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design with Julia Galloway, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where she studied under Paul Mathieu. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle. She been an artist in residence in high schools, as well as taught as a sessional instructor for Emily Carr Institute. Currently she is an instructor of record at the University of Washington. Her work is represented by Prime Gallery, Toronto, and The Crafthouse Gallery, BC.

The 2009 peer jury was Paul Yard and Greg Bellerby.

Bing Wing Thom


Principal of Bing Wing Thom Architects, founded in Vancouver in 1980, Mr Thom has earned a global reputation for his distinguished career. He has received the Order of Canada for his contribution to architecture and the Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to his country. His collection of legacy buildings around the world include the Canada Pavilion for Expo 92 in Seville; the new mixed-use campus for Simon Fraser University; the Chan Centre for the Performing Art; the Aberdeen Centre; the Pacific Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre; and Arena Stage theatre complex in Washington, DC.

The 2008 peer jury was Amir Ali Alibhai, Greg Bellerby, Barbara Cole, David Dove, Arthur Erikson, Gathie Falk, Anne Marie Fleming, Susan Gordon, Michel Jacob, Bruno Marti, Terry McEvoy, Laurie McGauley, Barbara-Jo McIntosh, John McLachlan, George McWhirter, Eric Metcalfe, Jonathan Middleton, Melanie O’Brian, Stephen Osborne, Christina Ritchie, Jim Sinclair, Trudy Van Dop, Lorenz von Ferson, and Hal Wake.