About the Artists

Mina Allen

“People Come First” is Mina’s motto in life. Mina has many years interacting with the public and finds true inspiration working with people from all walks of life to make personal jewellery pieces. Her passion is to bring concepts and ideas to life!

Her custom jewellery is either made from scratch or by re-using precious metals, gemstones, or sentimental jewellery to incorporate into a design. Imagination and creativity are brought to life through sketch and 3-dimensional models. Customizing therefore becomes more personal every step of the way.

Mina is a Goldsmith with a Jewellery diploma from George Brown College. She is also a Gemmologist with a second diploma from the Canadian Gemmological Association.

“Trust and People” are most important to Mina. She finds joy in bringing happiness to people’s lives when she shares her art.

William Allen

William was introduced to the art of pottery at thirteen and clay became his new magic stone. He found what he was looking for, no other material had the same response to the touch and potential, but now he wanted to know more.

At eighteen after countless hours practicing at the wheel and having read all he could about his two mentors, Hamada and Leach, he entered the Commercial Ceramics Diploma program at George Brown College where he cemented his passion to a lifelong journey of learning about this art form.

Now in his fifties William feels the need to share his gifts and set up a new teaching studio in Scarborough. William will encourage, instruct, demonstrate, and be a mentor to other artists on their own journeys in life.

He says,

“Art is not only about creating things, but it also gives us an identity worth living for.”