Nina Turczyn, Head Instructor
Nina was introduced to a merging of design and craft by her architect father and silversmith mother at an early age, and has had a lifetime of absorbing a deep knowledge and understanding of the art of silversmithing, which she approaches with the sensibility of a designer.
In 2005, Nina graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a degree in design and headed to the West Coast where she started Paprika; a freelance graphic design business on Gabriola Island. Her love for beautiful craftsmanship and art led her to follow in her mother's footsteps and begin a career in jewellery.
Nina has taught silversmithing at The Henhouse - a small shared studio & gallery on Gabriola, and more recently, has opened her own retail art gallery and studio space called Paprika, also on Gabriola, where she now runs her business.
Nina's work can be found in over 18 stores and galleries across Canada including the Craft Council of BC's Shop & Gallery, and The Audain Art Museum in Whistler, the Royal BC Museum, and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Her work has been featured in ACF Magazine, LikeVancouver Magazine, and on CTV, ShawTV and in CBC's Burden of Truth Drama Series.
Recently, Nina was featured in the full-length documentary, A Time for Making, by ethnographic filmmaker Phillip Vannini.
Nina’s graphic design and illustration knowledge, merge together with her silversmithing talents to create a truly unique body of work, unparalleled in design, quality and craftsmanship.
She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, Adrian and two children, Hanna and Oscar.
You can see more of her work at www.paprikajewellery.ca