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Owen Johnson

Owen was born and grew up in the southeastern coastal area of Melbourne, Australia. His earliest training was as a designer and draftsperson. He recently been made the act head of the Glass studio at Sheridan College.





Craft Ontario, as Publisher of Studio magazine,, is pleased to announce that Nehal El-Hadi has been selected for the position of Editor-in-Chief.

Studio’s long-time Editor-in-Chief, Leopold Kowolik, will complete his eight-year tenure at the end of August 2019 in order to focus on a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Political Theory at York University. During his time with Studio, Kowolik has strengthened its voice, fostered a diversity of contributors, mentored emerging writers, explored issues at the heart of contemporary material culture, and built Studio into an invaluable publication for Canadian craft discourse.

In Kowolik’s words, “I leave with profoundly mixed feelings: sadness at the end of my time with this important publication, but also great excitement at the possibilities that lie ahead. I am doubly animated by the impressive successor that the competitive search discovered. Nehal comes with a breadth of knowledge and interests that will take Studio to greater heights and depths.”

Craft Ontario extends its deepest thanks to Leopold Kowolik for his important contributions to Studio, and welcomes Nehal El-Hadi as she takes on the role to direct the editorial vision for the next chapter of Studio’s development.

El-Hadi will assume the position of Editor-in-Chief immediately, and brings with her extensive experience to ensure that Studio continues as a strong voice for craft and design in Canada. As an editor, journalist and researcher based in Toronto, El-Hadi has over fifteen years of writing and editing experience, with interdisciplinary work appearing in journalistic, academic, literary and art gallery publications, as well as anthologies and edited collections. She has a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Toronto and is a Visiting Scholar at York University’s City Institute. She has taught place-based writing courses at the University of Toronto Scarborough and creative non-fiction and poetry to community groups.

With a passion for craft and a drive to build on existing success, Nehal El-Hadi will curate compelling stories for a diverse readership, cultivate critical thinking about contemporary craft practice, and recognize the work of exemplary craft artists, scholars and contributors to the field.

Craft Ontario looks forward to Nehal El-Hadi’s leadership – please join us in welcoming her as Studio’s new Editor-in-Chief,

Janna Hiemstra
Craft Ontario Executive Director
Studio Magazine Publisher


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