Handmade ceramic buttons on a knitted handpainted merino wool band
A desire to support the Alberta Craft Council brought one of our longest and newest standing members together. Combining Sandi Skakun’s fantastic ceramic buttons with Valerie Baber’s exceptional knitting skills, Valerie created one-of-a-kind “Button Bands”. All proceeds from the sales help facilitate the Alberta Craft Awards.
Valerie Baber, St Albert, Alberta
Valerie Baber is a talented fibre artist whose pieces show the upmost skill and attention to design. She owned and ran a knitwear business called “Hey, Diddle Diddle” for ten years. During this time Valerie designed and knit ready-to-wear items as well as wrote and designed patterns for a knitting magazine. Valerie continues to create exciting knitwear pieces while working on an Interior Design Diploma.
Sandi Skakun, Edmonton, Alberta
Sandi Skakun, born and raised in Edmonton, started potting with the Edmonton Potters Guild in the early 1970s. Initially working with wheelthrown functional pottery, she gradually became more and more focused on small handworks creating jewellery, figurines, ornaments, buttons and other decorations. Her work has been marketed in gift boutiques and gallery shops throughout Canada.
Linda Stanier - Ornaments
On May 24, 2004, Linda Stanier passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Linda studied art history at Red Deer College before transferring to the Art and Design program where she realized her love for ceramics. Linda became a member of the Alberta Craft Council in 1988 and served as a director on the ACC board from 1990-94. Linda was an artist/potter of exceptional talent. She was a prominent teacher, juror, curator and technician in Alberta’s active ceramic scene. Linda touched the lives of everyone she met with her joyful and giving spirit and her wonderful sense of humor.
Proceeds from the sale of each ornament go towards The Linda Stanier & Family Memorial Award, an annual award created to honour an Alberta professional craftsperson working in clay.