Moonshine Studio

There is something magical about artists’ studios. The creativity is thrumming – in the decor, in the tools, in the half-finished works and in the artists themselves.

Here, at Creators Vancouver, we are looking forward to going behind the studio scenes to explore the spaces where artists do their work. We are starting with jewellery artist Laura Handford, whose cozy Moonshine Studio is tucked into the Gabriola Island woods.


Handford has been living and working in the handcrafted wooden house for more than a decade. Close by always are family, big Moose, the watchful dog, and Gypsy Fur Ball, the cat. Handford’s artful eye and personal warmth are reflected in the studio space and in her work. “People do say they love to visit,” the humble Handford admits. We’re not surprised.

Handford has a view out into the green as she works on her creations and commissions.



Her main working space is filled with gems, chains, metals and silversmithing tools, all waiting to see what Handford will create next.


Gypsy Fur Ball has had a busy week greeting visitors from the Thanksgiving Studio Tour.



Handford has loyal customers who have been collecting her jewels for years.



Until next time, Moonshine.


Moonshine Studio

Written by Elizabeth Newton


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