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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Mia Hoskins

Head of Jewellery

“Being surrounded by beautiful artworks and talented individuals every day is incredibly motivational and galvanizing.  I’m so proud to be working alongside such wonderful creatives.” 

Mia is an artist/maker with a BA in Fine Art with History of Art from the University of Leeds.  She is an early career curator and is currently on the way to completing her MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies.  Working at the Craft Centre will give Mia the opportunity to improve on her curation skills and build relationships with artists and makers from across the country.  Working in this environment is inspiring to Mia’s practice and crucial to her creative development; for she is able to challenge herself whilst being surrounded by the people and objects she is truly passionate about. 

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Gemma Fozzard

Workshop Co-ordinator & Gallery Assistant

"Working in and amongst so many talented independent creatives is a constant and evolving inspiration impossible to ignore. I truly believe modern craft is for everyone."

 

Gemma was brought to Yorkshire from the North East via Leeds Art and Design College.  Her BA (Hons) Degree in Interdisciplinary Design further fuelled her passion for a wide variety of contemporary craft.  She also has had her own practice as a Designer/Maker for over 10 years working with recycled musical materials.  Having worked in retail art spaces for many years, becoming part of the Craft Centre and Design Gallery team compliments her own practice perfectly.

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Gemma Whitaker

Gallery Assistant

“I love working in such a creative space that so beautifully showcases and supports makers whose work I love and admire.” 

 

Gemma is a designer/maker working in wheel thrown porcelain.  She has a BA (Hons) in Design Crafts from De Montfort University, Leicester, which encouraged her passion for ceramics and all contemporary craft.  Working at the Craft Centre surrounded by such an interesting and diverse range of makers and disciplines really inspires and compliments her own practice. 

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Melissa Feltham

Gallery Assistant

"It’s wonderful being surrounded by so many passionate makers.  It is a privilege to work in such a creatively fuelled space."

 

Melissa is an artist/maker with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Leeds.  Her practice focuses on her passion for plants and interest in the natural world.  During her degree, she discovered her interest in ceramics, following on from her lifelong love of craft and making.  Working at the Craft Gallery will allow Melissa to form invaluable relationships with makers and further her knowledge of curation within a Gallery.