Saint John, New Brunswick
610 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB
Deborah Wybou was born in Chatham, New Brunswick. She has lived across Canada as well as in the United States. In 1981, she moved back to the Maritimes and spent 10 years in Halifax before moving to Fredericton, where she still lives. She is both a jeweller and potter.
In 2003, Deborah Wybou was busy working on a math-based thesis for her MBA at the University of New Brunswick. Looking for a bit of relief from the stress of writing the thesis, Deborah began dabbling in jewellery design, experimenting with silver and semi-precious stones. She became so captivated by the processes involved in working with silver that the thesis ended up being behind schedule. A friend commented that the jewellery-making was not "anti-stress" but "anti-thesis" and thus Antithesis Designs was born.
Of course Deborah did finish her thesis and she graduated with a Masters Degree in Business in 2004. Now, years later, Antithesis Designs is thriving as she continues to design, create and sell her jewellery. Deborah’s jewellery has been represented in galleries and stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario.
Although Deborah prefers the properties of sterling silver, she also works with fine silver, gold, gold-filled wire, copper and brass.
Having and avid interested and having previously taken a number of ceramics courses, in 2014, she met with one of her mentors, Karen Burk, then the head of the ceramics department at New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, to take a glaze development course. Karen convinced her to undertake the whole pottery program and she graduated in June 2016. Deborah’s pottery is currently represented at Handworks in Saint John New Brunswick.
Deborah is a long time supporter and juried member of the New Brunswick Craft Council, having served as a general board member, treasurer, president, and past president. She has also served on the New Brunswick Crafts Foundation Board for the past four years. Deborah is also a juried member of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council as well as the PEI Crafts Council.