Katie Janyk: Ceramic Artist
Salamander Studio

Born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Katie Janyk lived on BC’s Sunshine Coast for 37 years before moving to the  drier Interior and settling in Vernon, in the sunny Okanagan.

Katie’s flower gardens, the sea, forests, and wild Coast Mountains still provide Katie with inspiration, though she’s gradually getting in touch with her new surroundings. She has also been heavily influenced by ancient cultures of central Africa, southern Mexico, pre-Columbian America, and the central highlands of Turkey.

Education & Experience

35 years’ ongoing study in Ceramic Arts in Canada, Mexico and Turkey, including handbuilding techniques, surface treatment and decoration, mural construction, raku and primitive firing methods, and kiln building.

Studio Artist since 1988, established Salamander Studio 1996
Teaching Educators: Bringing Art Into Your Classroom
                                  Clay as a Teaching Tool
                Adults: Handbuilding Techniques
                            Panels and Murals in Clay
                            Primitive Firing Methods
                Children: Many years in Public Recreation and
                                     School systems
                                Handbuilding and Sculpture
                                Mask-making for Kids
                                Private or group lessons by appointment
Capilano University - 2nd year Fine Arts, UBC transfer program
University of British Columbia - 1st year Arts
Langara College - Diploma in Community Recreation Leadership/Administration
Language studies in Spanish, French, and Turkish
Artists in Schools: A founding member of this Sunshine Coast Program dedicated to making art a part of students’ everyday lives by bringing professional artists into the classroom for presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on sessions.
Juror for Young People’s Show, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre
Previous Ceramic Work: functional and decorative pieces in porcelain; functional stoneware; burnished and pit-fired vessels and sculpture; raku and smoke-fired masks, vessels and sculpture.
Other media: Textiles; basketry; glass; mosaic; acrylic painting; collage; photography; intaglio, lino and woodblock printmaking.