Northeastern Folk Art

pottery, art and ideas from the Atlantic shore


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It’s Spring!

Spring comes slowly in Newfoundland, in small increments, interrupted by capricious snow storms that test the patience of all.  We’re busy in the studio, getting ready wholesale orders, and the coming summer season.

This spring, and until the end of the year, I’ll be at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation acting as the senior craftsperson/mentor. It’s a pleasure and privilege to spend time in this beautiful space with such great people who are at the beginning of their craft careers.

It’s my hope that we will all learn things from each other about what it is to be an craft based micro-business.

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Once the snow melts (again), we’ll spend more time outside and welcome the sun. We make things that remind us of warmer days to come!

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Sin City Crafters, now in its 10th year –  COMING MAY 7th to Quidi Vidi!  All kinds of fun!

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Autumn’s here and Craft Fair Season isn’t far behind.

We’ll be at Rocket Bakery on Sunday, November 1st for the 4th Annual “Pink Days in Bloom” Little Christmas Fair. It’s a sweet fair that, in addition to being a good time, raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Division.  Drop in for a visit!

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We’re busy in our usual studio, and at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation space, getting ready for that season. Christmas is never far away in any craftsperson’s world, and we’re no exception.


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Summer in Quidi Vidi!

I’m standing on the wharf in Quidi Vidi village, the most easterly neighbourhood in St. John’s, Newfoundland and thinking about the incredible gift I’ve been offered.

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For the next two months, maybe longer, I have the privilege of working in a studio at Quidi Vidi Plantation. It will be a summer of making, painting, talking to people, a few sales I hope, and I’ll be offering newer craftspeople some guidance navigating the business of craft here in this beautiful building.

This week, we’ll move in the wheel, clay, shelves, some display stuff and a hundred other little things. I should be ready to roll on the weekend. My next door neighbour is Graham Blair Woodcuts; it’s going to be a fun summer.

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Let the adventure begin!


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First Farmers’ Market of the Season!

Boxes of pottery, tablecloths, duct tape and assorted bits are corralled into the dining room in readiness for today, the first Farmers’ Market of the year. This year we decided to dip our toes further into the flourishing world of craft and farmers’ markets popping up in the St. John’s region over the last few years. It will be an fun experiment; I get to visit with friends old and new, drink strong coffee, enjoy delicious Indian food for lunch and sell some pottery; what a job!

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The St. John’s Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays from now until December 19th. The hours are 9 AM until 2 PM, but seriously, get there by noon and bring something home that’s delicious, beautiful and locally made or grown.

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Long Weekend!

This May long weekend we’ll pause for a small break. Tall tales, toasted marshmallows and laughter around the fire pit as we pitch in blasty boughs and burn away the last of winter.

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A lot of spring orders have gone out the door and more will go later, but now, a bit of fun.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!


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soon, there will be capelin

This morning, as I work on a short presentation to the Historic Sites of NL for later on, I’m reminded of how far we’ve come since those early days of making things and firing them in the back of Devon House. It all started with a basket of seashells and the capelin at Outer Cove.

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We’re grateful for all the folks who were kind enough take an interest in our work. We’ve come a long way from those times, but making art, for me anyway, is a journey not a destination.We’re glad to have good company on the trip.

Soon, there will be capelin rolling on the beaches; people will gather, build bonfires and it will once again mark a seasons’ change in this wild and beautiful place.

“No road is long with good company.” ~ Turkish proverb