Meet Our Dedicated and Talented Staff

Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

Bruno Vinhas

Director of Events & Outreach

Brazilian by birth, Bruno Vinhas is passionate about global craft culture which drove his will to work in a gallery environment. A degree in Tourism and Hospitality has provided Vinhas with the experience of living and working in multiple countries and being immersed in different cultures changed his perspective about art and craft. Graduate with honours through College of North Atlantic's Textiles: Craft & Apparel Design program in 2017. A queer--identified artist, Vinhas started his career in the arts through theatre in Brazil, where he worked as a director, set and costume designer, and teaching. Since leaving his home country he has been part of several different projects including but not limited to curatorial practices, visual arts with focus on textile and multimedia, theatre, film, and dance. He has been working as the Craft Council of Newfoundland’s Director of Events & Outreach since February 2023 previously holding the position of Gallery Director/Curator from August 2018 until January 2023, previously holding the position of Gallery Assistant Director for a year; his primary focus in a  gallery environment regards accessibility and inclusion in public art spaces.

Shannon Reid

Director of Sales

Shannon Reid has worked in the retail industry for over 35 years, with the majority of that time spent within the craft and gift sector. Originally from Nova Scotia, Shannon joined the staff of the Craft Council in 2006 as Shop Manager, and has successfully directed this key membership benefit for the past 17 years, identifying and delivering premier services for members leading to artistic and business success.  Shannon draws from her education in Fashion Merchandising to provide merchandising assistance to craft shops throughout the province, both through on-site visits and in group seminar sessions. She provides guidance with retail pricing, packaging, promotion and career planning, supporting members as they develop their confidence and find their voice as professional craftspeople. Shannon coaches students in College of the North Atlantic's Textile and Apparel Design Program, meets regularly with emerging makers at the Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studios / Craft Business Incubator and offers advice to makers at all stages of their careers. In 2022, her role temporarily expanded to Retail & Special Events Manager, which included the direction of special events and programming around Come Home Year 2023 and the Craft Council of NL 50th Anniversary. Currently holding the position of Director of Sales, Shannon focuses on our Retail Shop Management, Retail Events & Opportunities, and the Craft Council of NL Standards of Quality

Earl Hoyles

Finance Officer

Earl has an extensive background in finance coming from a career with the Provincial Government and their finance department. Earl provides stable and sound financial management with the help of the executive director and accounts payable / receivable support staff.

Christine Young

Clay Studio Programming Coordinator

Anna Reepschlager

Gallery Programming Coordinator

Bryn Robins McLeod

Workshop Programming Assistant

Renee Holloway

Shop FOH

Sara Buttler

Shop FOH

Christina Swackhamer

Administration Assistant

Joanne O’Leary

Joanne is responsible for the administration and organization of the studio activities including course, workshop and community event scheduling, communications with instructors and volunteers, monthly financial reporting, annual budgeting, materials and supply orders, grant writing and partnering with other community-based organizations. Joanne is also the Chair of the Clay Studio Advisory Committee and a Clay Studio instructor.

Bradley Whitten

Studio Technician

Brad is a wealth of knowledge and is our studio technician with a responsibility for firing and maintaining our kilns, inventory of clay, studio layout, upkeep, cleanliness and safety, coordinating volunteer studio hosts, and keeping all studio users up to date on new additions to the studio. Brad also conducts the one-on-one coaching sessions, whether it be wheel throwing or hand-building. Brad is also a member of the Clay Studio Advisory Committee.

Florence Donaway

Florence is an instructor, volunteer and a Clay Studio Advisory Committee member offering her years of experience in ceramics to the betterment of the Clay Studio’s mandate and mission.

Christina Pitcher

Christina is a volunteer studio host, a community events volunteer, an instructor, a birthday party host, and a member of the Clay Studio Advisory Committee.

Joanne Moores

Joanne is a volunteer studio host, a community events volunteer, an instructor a member of the Clay Studio Advisory Committee, and a regular member of the Clay Studio.

Anita Singh

Anita is an instructor, community events volunteer, and a regular member of the clay studio.

Jane Ogilvie

Jane is a community events volunteer, an instructor, and a regular member of the clay studio.

Roxanne Pitcher

Roxanne is a Clay Studio volunteer host, community events volunteer, an instructor, and a regular member of the Clay Studio.

Evelyn Roitner

Evelyn an instructor and a regular member of the Clay Studio.

Vicky Northey

Vicky is an instructor with the Clay Studio and is our resident expert on anything involving glaze and creating glazes from raw materials.

Katie Parnham


Katie Parnham has been a long time member of the Craft Council, and has been on the Craft Council board and committees helping the association to grow the industry. She has a keen interest in developing emerging craft makers to become viable businesses and is part of the management committee for the Quidi Vidi Plantation, an incubator for emerging craft makers.

Susan Hill

Vice Chairperson

Deborah Newhook


Deborah Newhook has a long history of working with not-for-profit community-based organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently, she is Chair of the Anna Templeton Centre and the Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studios, as well as the Treasurer of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Liz Combden


Joan Kane

Past Chair

Joan Kane lives in Trinity where she operates her home-based knitting business Ewe Design. Has served on the Craft Council Board in various positions for a number of years as well as other local and provincial organizations. Joan is a proud Lion and when not volunteering can be found doing what she is most passionate about knitting.

Barry Buckle


Barry Buckle is an apparel designer and textile artist. Barry is an instructor with textiles and apparel design, College of the North Atlantic for the past 22 years.

Heather Aganatok


Heather Angnatok is a board representative from Labrador who has a keen interest to learn about Newfoundland and Labrador’s crafting industry. Heather likes to work with raw materials such as seal skin where she makes Labrador Inuit traditional clothing such as Kamek (seal skin moccasins) and mitts. Heather also works with traditional plants such as Labrador Tea to make soap, cream, lip balm and tea-bags.

Urve Manuel


Urve Manuel is a craft producer that works primarily in glass and has been a member of the Craft Council for more than 15 years.

Beth Howley


Marty Byrne


Christina Dove


Christina Dove is born and raised in St. John's NL, growing up in the east end. Christina has always been into all kinds of craft, but after learning pottery in 1994 she has been hooked ever since. She started at the Devon House clay studio making clay at first and traded time making to time practicing on the wheel. Christina has taught clay classes and teen camps, and ran open studio for many years.

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