Jewellery Instructor Bios
Department head, jewellery art & design
Karin Jones was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and received a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from Vancouver, Community College in 1993. In 1995-96 she apprenticed under Master Goldsmiths Heinz and Hermann Laatzen in Hamburg, Germany. Since then she has worked as a goldsmith and designer at some of Vancouver's best jewellery stores, created and marketed a line of silver and enamel jewellery, and perfected her own method of Damascene inlay, an age-old technique for inlaying silver and gold on steel. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Finland, Korea, and Japan. She has taken a leave from the Master of Fine Arts in Jewellery and Craft program, at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, of which she has completed her first year, to accept the teaching position at VCC.
Instructor, jewellery art & design
Dominique Bréchault is a goldsmith and educator based in Vancouver. Born and raised in France, she moved to Canada after completing her university studies. She holds a Masters Degree in Art History from the University of Poitiers, France, and is a graduate of both Emily Carr College of Art & Design, and the jewellery art & design program at VCC. She has maintained a studio as a goldsmith since 1992 and has participated in many exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in exhibition catalogues, articles and books on jewellery techniques and contemporary jewellery. In 2013, Dominique received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Craft & Design. She taught continuing education jewellery classes with the Vancouver School Board for twenty years, and is currently an instructor in the jewellery art & design department at VCC.
Sarah Groves is a metalsmith/jeweller whose work is influenced by her experience as a printmaker and ecologist. After university she studied printmaking and completed a certificate in 2D design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and earned a diploma in the Jewellery Art & Design program at VCC. She is the sole proprietor of a small business through which she designs, makes and sells jewellery and small sculptural objects. At VCC she teaches Jewellery Techniques I & II in Continuing Studies. Since 2009 she has been teaching JADE 2106: Business Management.
Donna Hawrelko (FCGmA, FGA) is a Gemmology Instructor (since 1992), & Program Coordinator (since 2005) at Vancouver Community College in British Columbia, and administers delivery of the Canadian Gemmological Association's (CGA) professional gemmology program.
She holds two Fellowships in gemmology – one from Canada (FCGmA) and the other from Great Britain (FGA)
She is Past President of the AGA (Accredited Gemologists Association) serving as their first female president and as the first president to reside outside of the USA. She is also president of the Vancouver Chapter of the GIA Alumni.
Donna has served as CGA's Director of Education since 2007. She also served as their Chief Examiner from 1997 to 2007.
Donna has chaired several Gemmological conferences for Vancouver Community College & the CGA. , and is again Conference Chairman for VCC’s & the CGA's upcoming 2015 Annual Conference.
Donna is deeply involved in building and supporting the International gemmological community in Canada, the USA & Great Britain.
Donna works tirelessly to support her students with their future undertakings, and many graduates have gone on to hold prominent positions in the Gem & Jewellery trade.
Program assistant, Jewellery art & design
A graduate of the Jewellery Art & Design program, Liz has been supporting the students and instructors of the Jewellery Art & Design program since 2006. She is passionate about the program and is inspired by working with the wonderful variety of students the program attracts.
Liz first became enamoured with metalsmithing while studying in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and went on to make her home base there for many years, travelling extensively to market her wares. During her career as a jewellery designer and maker, Liz has exhibited in galleries and also sold her work throughout Canada and the U.S.
Upon moving back to Vancouver, Canada in 1999, she focused on making custom commissions, including projects for film and television. At this time she was also able to pursue her dream of sharing her knowledge while facilitating others to achieve their creative aspirations in metal and design.
Ying-Chiu Chan, aka 'Chan the Man', started his industrial design career in the 80's. As a design consultant, he has been involved in the development of many new products, exhibits and displays for his clients. He is also listed as the inventor in 10 patents.
Contributing to the design community, Chan instructs drawing classes in the VCC Jewellery Art & Design program, helping students visualize, output and develop ideas through sketches, and to present their designs as finished renderings. Chan taught in the school he graduated from, Hong Kong polytechnic University, as a visiting lecturer before immigrating to Vancouver. He began instructing industrial design-related courses at Emily Carr University in the late 90's.
Julie Anctil first discovered her passion for jewellery, while earning a BFA at Concordia University in Montreal, where she majored in Sculpture. She then went on to study at the École de Joaillerie de Montréal, before moving west to B.C. Since graduating from the VCC Jewellery Art & Design diploma program in 1997, Julie has worked as a goldsmith at several Vancouver jewellery workshops & developed her own custom jewellery business, Julie Anctil Design. She now focuses her energy towards private commissions, her industry clients and passing on technical knowledge to her students at VCC.