Friday, 28 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Kerr Pottery

Creations by Kerr Pottery.
"The idea of working with the basic elements in nature - earth, fire, air and water - to make beautiful and useful objects fascinates me," says Carol Holmes-Kerr, owner of Kerr Pottery.

"My work is a combination of functional tableware and sculptural, alternatively-fired pieces.  Pieces include bowls of various sizes, mugs, mixing bowls, casseroles and yarn bowls."

Kerr Pottery will be among the many talented vendors at Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market this Sunday, November 30th. Hope to see you there!

Kerr Pottery: Website

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Crazy 4 Crafts

Colourful pyjama bag puppets by Crazy 4 Crafts.
Mary Cooke, owner of Crazy for Crafts, started honing her crocheting and cross stitching skills over 30 years ago when her children were small. She immortalizes Sesame Street characters as hand puppets and pyjama bag puppets, and creates an assortment of character hats, as well as teddy bears and blankets.

Mary will have her colourful creations on display at the Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 30th. Save the date!

Crazy 4 Crafts: Facebook 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Carruthers Cakes and Candy

Carruthers Cakes and Candy
Everything is better with chocolate! 

"I believe that we eat with our eyes," says Cyndie Carruthers, owner of Carruthers Cakes and Candy. "My truffles are piped, dipped and decorated in chocolate."

Look for Cyndie's decadent creations at Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market on November 30th. Buttery peanut brittle, dipped and decorated pretzel sticks, soft sugar cookies traditionally decorated for Christmas – these are just a few of the divine treats you will find at her booth and be proud to give as gifts (or enjoy for yourself!).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Jewelry by Barbara

“My mother was an artist and both my parents were award winning craftsmen who made hand wrought agate jewelry,” says Barbara Steacy, owner of Jewelry by Barbara. Despite the early exposure, it wasn't until recently that she returned to her roots and started stringing her own stones.

Barbara's fashion jewelry is designed using semi-precious stones, minerals and fresh water pearls. “I also use Swarovski elements crystals, pewter, silver and gold plate, as well as sterling silver,” she says.

Whether you're looking for a Christmas gift for someone special or a new addition to your own jewelry box, be sure to stop by Barbara's booth at Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market between 10 a.m - 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 30th.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Limestone City Pen Turner

Hand turned pens and pencils available in a wide variety of styles and prices. These beautiful writing instruments are made from exotic woods and unique acrylics. Custom designs are available upon request.

Limestone City Pen Turner pens and pencils make great gifts for birthdays, graduations, retirements, weddings, anniversaries, Christmas or any other special occasion. Owner Tim Jamieson can even arrange custom engraving with individual names or a business logo for a gift that's treasured for years to come.

Limestone City Pen Turner will have a vast assortment of custom handmade pens and pencils on display at Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market on November 30th.

Limestone City Pen Turner: Website 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Wooly Warmth

Wooly Warmth specializes in handmade knitted and crocheted scarves, cowls and hats.

“I picked up the tools of the trade after my second baby was born and I wanted to be able to make knitted items for my girls, and myself, says owner Julie Kavanagh. "Turns out people liked what I made and the custom requests started to roll in!”

Julie will be peddling her Wooly Warmth wares at Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday, November 30th.

Wooly Warmth: Facebook 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Button Box Originals

Button Box Originals creates unique, hand-made earrings using upcycled buttons and beads.

“I rarely create the same pair twice," says owner Karen Mitchell. "I find it exhilarating to come up with the designs and then have people of all ages not only excited to buy them but to come back and tell me how much they love them.”

If you're looking for a colourful gift or that perfect stocking stuffer, Button Box Originals will have a booth at Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market on November 30th. Save the date!

Button Box Originals: Facebook

Friday, 21 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Marketa's Creations

Marketa's Creations have whimsy.
Born and raised in Prague, Marketa Stastna has always been surrounded by art and first dabbled in pottery as a wee lass. Although a lot has changed since those early days of oddly shaped clay blobs, what hasn't changed is her child-like passion and enthusiasm for the medium.

Owner of Marketa's Creations, she creates pottery, loosely based on traditional Czech designs, with a playful twist. Her pieces are decorative, usable and fun. Whether it is a whimsical bowl, mug, necklace, wall hanging or even a nativity scene that your home, heart or soul desires, Marketa's Creations will have it.

"I put love, care and unique character into each and every piece. All of my work is handmade, original and will most definitely put a smile on your face. Let's clay!"

Own a Marketa Creations' original by visiting her booth at Goulbourn Museum's Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday November 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marketa's Creations: Facebook 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Touch of Glass

Started as a retirement hobby 20 years ago, Touch of Glass creates one of a kind stained glass pieces including sun catchers, windows, lamps, jewelry boxes, light houses, kaleidoscopes and more.

Owners Paulette and Ed Grassi, residents of Stittsville, say their business is a true labour of love. In fact they often immortalize their favourite places and things as stained glass pictures.

Be sure to visit Touch of Glass at our Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday, November 30th.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Artisan Profile: Sheila Cain-Sample Pencil Artist

I am a pencil artist who loves detail. The contrast between black and white is the most appealing. I am drawn to intricate patterns that appear in nature and life. I work in graphite and coloured pencil depending how the day presents itself.

I began my artistic journey at a very young age creating pastel drawings for classmates. I continued to experiment with medium, keeping many art/sketch books and filling them with portraits, patterns and colours. After art school I found my way to graphite and coloured pencil and began refining my passion...and here I am.

Sheila Cain-Sample will be selling her art cards, prints, journals and much more at our Outdoor Artisan Market on November 30th.

Sheila Cain-Sample Pencil Artist: Blog  |  Facebook  |  Etsy  |  Twitter