Meet the Team

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Florence Hoy

Director 

"It's fabulous being able to work in such a creatively stimulating environment."

As well as being Director of the gallery, Florence is a designer/maker (Florence Makes), following the completion of a BA (Hons) degree in Design Crafts from De Montfort University, Leicester. Florence has worked with a number of creative organisations over the years. She finds managing the gallery incredibly challenging yet rewarding and enjoys mentoring up and coming makers.

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Jane Laverty

Manager

"I love working with so many inspiring makers every day; it's a joy to display and promote their work for them."

Jane's big love at The Craft Centre is the print section and she finds real joy to be able to work with such a variety of wonderful printmakers. A BA(Hons) in Textile Design & Surface Pattern from the University of Leeds, coupled with an evening printmaking course at Leeds College of Art, ignited her passion in this section of the gallery.  Jane also manages the press and publicity for the gallery including social media and marketing.

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Samantha Pickard

Payments Officer & Online Store Supervisor 

"Working at the Craft Centre is such a breath of fresh air, it's a relaxing and inspiring environment."

Samantha has worked with a wide variety of galleries and arts organisations but the Craft Centre is where she truly feels at home. With a Fine Art degree and a long held passion for contemporary craft, Samantha's career has always straddled between the two disciplines. Working at the Craft Centre fuels Samantha's love of objects which bar the line between conceptual and materialistic. When not at the Craft Centre, Samantha is the co-ordinator of The Saltaire Maker's Fair.

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Amy Stringer

Head of Jewellery

"I love working with all the talented makers here at the Craft Centre."

Amy is a contemporary jeweller herself so finds working at the Craft Centre incredibly inspirational.  She started her creative journey studying an Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Leeds College of Art which led to a BA (Hons) degree in Jewellery and Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam.  She is now head of jewellery at the Craft Centre and loves working closely with all of the talented jewellers. 

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Gwyneth Williamson

Information Officer & Textile Co-ordinator 

"I very much enjoy chatting to visitors and seeing their reaction to the work on display.

 

Gwyneth is an established illustrator, printmaker and jeweller.  She finds the gallery an inspirational place to work, with so much diverse talent in such a small space. She has always been fascinated to find out how things are made, whether its a ceramic, a print or a beautiful or quirky piece of jewellery.  Gwyneth loves being a part of a team passionate about craft and design.

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Becca Mcdonald

Jewellery Assistant & Handmade Card Co-ordinator

"I feel very lucky to be working in a wonderful gallery that represents such a wide range of disciplines by talented makers."

Becca's design career began by studying a BA (Hons) degree in Textile Design at Chelsea Collage of Art. An introduction to jewellery at an evening class reignited a passion and influenced a conceptual jewellery collection. Since moving back to Yorkshire, Becca is delighted to be part of the Craft Centre team and finds ​being surrounded by such diverse range of handcrafted pieces very inspiring.

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Tom Glencross

Gallery Assistant

"One of the most exciting things about starting at the Craft Centre is getting my hands on some really inspiring ceramics and tableware, and sharing in the knowledge and experience of the makers I work alongside."

 

Tom is a writer, artist and photographer based in Leeds. He studied an MA in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths and worked in rare and antiquarian books before moving to Leeds in 2019.  He has recently begun a pottery evening course.  Lots of the work Tom makes is concerned with the sociology of art - the ways we view, enjoy and display art; how art practices are shared, taught, and privileged; and the ways cultural consumption and production can reflect and inform our social class.