Annette VanLeeuwen, the founder of AVL Studio, is an award-winning goldsmith, educator and artist. She has been designing and making jewellery in her Toronto Island studio, for over 15 years. She has a BFA and a BEd and after years of juggling the life of an artist, while teaching, it was time for a change. She took the plunge, went back to school
full time and completed a three-year Goldsmithing Diploma. After graduation, Annette was awarded a studio space at Harbourfront Centre and it was during her two-year residency there that the seed for AVL studio germinated.