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Laurel Vlieg - BEd. Visual Arts Specialty                              


Work Experience


Teaching Pottery to Adults in my studio in Naramata - 2019 to Present

Selling my work in Penticton and Naramata Farmers markets - 2016 to Present

Maple Ridge Christian School - Visual Art Teacher to Grades 6 -12 

September 2014 - 2017


Surrey Art Gallery (Art Instructor) Develop, Design & teach art curriculum for Children & Adults in a variety of media.                                                                                                                                                         September 2011 – 2015

Fleetwood CRC Youth Program (Interim Youth Director)IImplement program &revents for Youth ages 13 – 18 for a non-profit organization  Duties included: Planning Events, Scheduling, Arranging Speakers, Retreats, Advertising flyers & bulletins, writing Newsletters, Recruiting Leaders, & Supervising Leaders, Managing Budget                                                                                                                                               September 2012 - August 2013

North Delta Parks & Recreation (Pottery Instructor) Develop & teach curriculum for Children & Adults

                                                                                                                                                   August 2011 – April 2013

Arts Off MainPartner in an Arts Cooperative in Vancouver – Set up displays, Sales, Customer and Consignment Artist Service;                                                                                                                                                                                            June 2012 – June 2014

The Potter’s Shed - Canada                                                                                            September, 1999 -  present

  • Design & develop a body of work in painting and pottery (using Wheel thrown, Slab, Extruded, Modeled, and Altered techniques) in my own home studio for juried shows, craft fairs and a home studio show/tour.

  • Work with developing inventory, cash flow, pricing and budgeting of running studio and at shows or craft fairs.

  • Teach classes in a variety of art mediums – drawing, painting, collage, mosaic, pottery to children and adults on a session basis.

  • Attend clay workshops at NCECA in Seattle (2012), Fraser Valley Potter’s Guild – Mary Fox Workshop (2012) and Cathy Jefferson (2011), the Clay Symposium (2002 & 2004, 2010), Kelowna Clay Festival (2002), and the Surrey Art Gallery (1998 – 1999).

Langley Christian Middle School Visual Art Teacher                September, 2006 through June, 2010 (Part Time)

Responsibilities included:

  • Plan and implement a visual arts program for Grades 6 - 8 & liaise with the High School Art teacher

  • Contact, schedule, train, and supervise volunteers to help with a variety of classroom needs.

  • Organize and manage an art budget; select and order supplies; keep an inventory; set up art displays for parent and community events

  • Plan and lead Visual Art workshops to teachers at a Teachers Convention.

  • Teacher & Workshop leader for a high school sponsored exchange to Limpopo Province, South Africa.  Duties included: Planning and leading 5 workshops on Art and Creativity to teachers in South Africa, working on curriculum planning for the Visual Arts and teaching art to Middle and High School students, budgeting trip expenditures.

The Potter’s Shed – New Zealand                                            July, 2005 – May, 2006

  • Teaching adults and children in my home studio.

  • Developing a body of work (using Wheel thrown, Slab, Modeled, and Altered techniques) in my own home studio.

  • Attending workshops at the Auckland Studio Potters Guild.

Surrey Christian School – Teacher                                            September, 1991 – June, 2001          

  • Full and Part time teacher of Visual Arts and other core subjects to Grades 3 - 8. 

  • Lead mini-workshops on Art for teachers on professional development days.



Emergency First Aid Certification                                             September, 2011

Emily Carr College of Art and Design                                      January, 2001 to December, 2004

Completed Studio course work in Ceramics (introductory to advanced hand building, wheel throwing, glaze technology), Painting, Art History and other related courses.

Kwantlen College                                                                    September, 1994 to April, 1995

Completed courses on Art History & Printmaking

University of Alberta – Bachelor of Education                          September, 1988 to 1990

Graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree with a minor in the Visual Arts.

University of Victoria                                                                September, 1987 – April, 1988

Completed course work on toward my degree with a focus in Art Education.

Workshops - variety                                                                

Completed a variety of workshops at the BCATA on variety of art mediums, Glass fusing from a private instructor, Clay classes from Surrey Art Gallery, Auckland Studio Potters, and Clay symposium


Professional Affiliations

  • British Columbia College of Teachers

  • British Columbia Art Teachers Association

  • Potters Guild of British Columbia

  • Fraser Valley Potters Guild – Workshop Presenter Coordinator 2012/2013


Recent Juried Shows & Craft Fairs

  • Artist in Residence – MEDALTA International Artist in Residence Program; June-July, 2013

  • Evergreen Cultural Centre Juried FVPG Clay Show – Honorable Mention awarded; May, 2013

  • Gallery of BC Ceramics – Featured Artist; September 15 – October 14, 2012

  • Fraser Valley Potter’s Guild and Watercolour Society of Langley Show at Langley Centennial Museum Sept. – Dec. 2011

  • North Delta Potter’s Guild Show – April, 2011, May 2012, & Watershed Art Gallery ‘Whole Lot of Art’ Show – September, 2011

  • FVPG “Fired Up At the FireHall” Ceramic Shows at the Newton Cultural Center – November, 2010 & 2011; Campbell Valley Country Fair – Sept., 2010, 2011; George Preston Bonsai and Pottery Sale – June, 2011, 2012, FVPG Juried Show at the Evergreen Cultural Center – March – April, 2010, 2011

  • The Potter’s Shed and Friends Art Show & Sale, Surrey, BC– December, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Langley “Arts Alive” Festival, Langley, BC- August, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

  • North Vancouver Community Arts Council Shows, North Vancouver, BC -July, 2009



Volunteer Activities

  • Visual Art Committee at Fleetwood CRC – Completed an Acrylic mural that surrounds the sanctuary (3’ X  88’ long) and Designed and Created a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt (14’x7’).

  • Youth Program Leader/Coordinator – leading and coordinating program & events for a youth club.

  • Fraser Valley Potter’s Guild – Workshop & Refreshment Coordinator; Set up Guild shows; Raku Labourer

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