Renee has spent her entire life being a crafty kid! Her mother's pottery studio, her father's building sites, and her own curiosity and imagination have been her inspiration to develop Crafty. She spent most of her twenties travelling the world and learning about new cultures and their arts, and taught ESL in South Korea for three years. Upon her return it was straight into art school at Camosun College in Victoria (after having completed a Diploma in Applied Arts and Sciences at VIU in 1997). She started her pottery business; Renee Sala Studio while in Art School in 2005, graduated in 2006, and became a full-time production potter in 2007.
During this time she taught pottery in Community Centres, Long-Term Care Facilities, and Elementary Schools. These wonderful experiences all came together with Crafty in 2009, and Renee sincerely feels that passing along her skills and enthusiasm for creating art is what she does best. She continues to create her own work, and is constantly inspired by the kids to get creative in other mediums she loves.