We are re-imagining Haliburton Art and Craft 2021 to bring makers and shoppers together all summer long in creative, COVID safe ways. Starting with our new BLOG series written by Rails End volunteer contributors. We hope you enjoy them, and share.
Meet Teena Surma - The Fanciful Doll in our first post (image shown).
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Diane Sullivan received her Masters of Fine Art in Ceramic Art from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1994. She began her pottery business, Arabesque Pottery, in 1996, while living in Calgary, Alberta. For the last 26 years she has worked full-time as a professional artist, wholesaling, consigning and retailing across North America, as well as maintaining an exhibition record of one of a kind work. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is in National and private collections
April Gates is top cat at Blackbird Pottery. Her clay journey began with a giant leap of faith... After years of wanderlust, various studies and masterfully avoiding her calling, she was summoned North to answer for this. There, she dove deep into the curious world of ceramics at the Haliburton School of Art and Design. April is influenced by rural living, retro design, nostalgia, and prose. April’s Studio Showroom is just minutes from Haliburton.
My interest with clay started in a sculpture class during my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. Since then, I have been experimenting with various forms of clay and working as a full time potter for over 20 years.
I am a functional potter and enjoy making pots that have a purpose. However, I am constantly pushing the boundaries, which allows my work to evolve. My goal is to create individual works that can be admired on their own, not just as utilitarian pieces.
Dotti Potts Studio is the collaboration of husband and wife Sandra & Gavin Silberman. The couple were raised in South Africa and have lived in Canada since 1994. They make tableware, home decor items as well as an extensive line of fashion jewelry. All items are made using chip resistant porcelain clay. Sandra always ensures that her items are both functional, decorative and of good quality, her philosophy is to have beautiful things that can be seen and used daily.
Jonathan is drawn to stoneware and the rock and water contrasts you can create in it. Most of his carvings are influenced by the rhythms of basketry and block printing, as well as his love of biological diversity. Jonathan works by placing colour in the form of stained porcelain on the raw clay and cutting through it with a wire loop tool. A translucent white glaze is applied over top of the decoration, which softens the colour and makes the pots more usable.
Inspired by nature, Jackie incorporates textures on the surface of the clay by imprinting with lace and leaves.
She mixes her own glazes combining colours to create new effects by using multiple glazes overlapping on each piece
In Raku, an exciting, unpredictable, low fire process, using mettalic and crackle glazes Jackie makes decorative platters, wall hangings, vases and sculpturesmounted on driftwood.
Her new work in copper matte glaze, produces a rainbow of colours - truly "on of a kind"!
For a total of 10 years Jane Snider worked with craftspeople in Africa & Asia (Uganda 1988-91; Kenya 1995-99 and Laos 2004-7), resuming my pottery business in Ottawa in the in-between years. Until 2004 she was making high fire stoneware pots decorated with slip trail in a folk art tradition. Since 2007 she has been making mid-range porcelain pottery in several collections of colourful glazes. She enjoys integrating overseas influences, finding her place in a rich pottery tradition.
"I create pottery pieces that function well with simple lines. This emphasis of functionality and simplicity might have its genesis in my upbringing in the stark beauty of Saskatchewan. I am interested in the tactile experience that people have using my work - it is important to me that a mug feels as great in the hands as it does on the lips. I love being a maker of things that bring people joy to look at and that they love to use."
Antje offers a full line of functional and sculptural stoneware as well as mosaics and garden treasures that combine her husband’s metal work and clay. Botanical themes abound. Impressions and overlays of leaves, grasses, flowers and twigs are seen everywhere revealing detail and nuance found only in nature.
Charlene is an active member of the Durham Pottery Guild and has shown at Art Gallery of Bancroft, Red Church Gallery, Ethel Curry Gallery, Rails End Gallery and Station Gallery. In 2015, she completed a 1-year mentorship program with Angelo di Petta. Charlene strives to design functional and affordable pots that enhance our daily rituals using a variety of decorative techniques. Passionate about “all things clay” she loves creating colourful, whimsical garden pieces to compliment th
Bill was deeply affected by Song Dynasty porcelain of China where he toured in 1998. In 2009 he traveled to Korea as a participating artist in the Cheongju World Craft Biennalle. Informed by both these classical Asian traditions, his work demonstrates a fluency of form, and technique, while expressing contemporary design. At the request of Governor General, Madame Adrienne Clarkson, Bill created the “Maple Leaf Service” which is now the official State Dinnerware for Canada at Rideau Hall.
"I have been a professional potter since 1994 when I opened my studio in Dundas, Ontario.
I am a graduate of Sheridan College’s School of Craft and Design.
I teach pottery at the Dundas Valley School of Art."
Following studies at Georgian College in Barrie, Richard Mund apprenticed with Cunningham Pottery in Des Moines. He earned his BFA from NSCAD in Halifax with a focus on wheel throwing, mold making and maiolica glazing, and in 1998 opened his studio ad showroom in Neustadt, a picturesque village in rural Grey County.
"I create hand made functional pottery. Recently I’ve been using proclaim clay on the potter’s wheel to create pottery that engages the user into a deeper present moment experience. Changes a mundane daily activity to a ritual ceremonial event.
I am inspired by the fact that I can be held responsible for adding art to someone else’s daily life for their personal enjoyment. My art comes with a story. " Stephen St. Amant
Sara Scheuermann is the hands, heart and soul behind the wheel and has been joyful playing in the mud all her life.She discovered her love for spinning it into beautiful vessels. Each item is slowly crafted by her hands, after a first firing, each piece is hand glazed and fired again. From mud to finished product, the process can take 2-8 weeks to complete. Steaped in love and care, each item is completely unique.
Tim and Linda Kieley are the potters of Two Fishes Pottery. They met at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where Tim majored in printmaking, and Linda in painting. Many years later, they finally realized their dream of opening a pottery studio after moving to Fenelon Falls. The pottery they create became their canvasses for images inspired by the nature around them.
In 1997 Victoria opened Victoria Ceramic Art in Toronto. She was educated at Taras G. Shevchenko State School of Art, Kyiv, Ukraine and later The Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design.
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Fuel Glassworks/Artech Studios is a traditional glassblowing studio in the Haliburton Highlands, nestled in the rocks and woods of ghost town Tory Hill, Ontario in the old United Church. We are makers and designers of great handblown glass. Both Sheridan College School of Craft and design graduates, Terry is a former Harbourfront resident and Jenn a graduate of OCAD and Toronto School of Art.
Kira studied glassblowing at Haliburton School of the Arts, in Ontario, Canada, which is where she learned the art of lampwork. After learning the basics from college, she developed her own techniques and unique style that is showcased in her work today. Kira draws inspiration from everything fun and whimsical, and has a real passion for creating. With 15+ years of experience, Kira’s work has been shipped all over the world and shown in galleries and shows locally.
Fascination with a variety of materials has lead Julia to extensively explore techniques in jewellry design, hand thrown functional pottery, landscape photography, painting and now fused glass. Throughout her career, producing and exhibiting work across media boundries has allowed Julia to cross pollinate ideas between these disciplines and develop original and unexpected approaches to her glass making where she creates original wearable works of art that look like wind, water, fire and earth.
Introduced to glasswork by my sister, a glass artist from Montreal, I began my craft in a small space tucked away in my Whitby home. Armed with only one kiln, a basic glass cutter, my hobby space eventually grew to take over the entire basement space as it became the perfect
‘Studio Cave’, where I now work with several kilns and cold working equipment.
Dynamic colour selection and innovative design make my creations perfectly unique, exceptionally affordable jewelry to suit any style.
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Rescued wood given another life form in a cherished art pieces by award winning pyrographic artist Jennifer Cahill.
Many of these items, turned on a wood lathe, incorporate burls which add to their unique character.
Dan + Candice love working with clients to create functional art pieces from fallen and ancient timbers drawn from the depths of the Muskoka lakes, enabling them to preserve and celebrate local history through their craft. Inspired by the landscape they design, create + share their vision using natural elements and some of the finest water recovered old-growth hardwood in the world, without sacrificing the standing forests of today.
Red Hill Woods creates tables of all types, chairs, benches, wine racks, mantles, and serving boards all made with local and ethically harvested woods.
All of this fretwork is done by hand using traditional tools.
The inner beauty and diverse grain patterns of Ontario wood is uncovered in these pieces.
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Fine crafted leatherworks and millinery made in the Haliburton Highlands, by hand.
"I was trained as a seamstress in France. I designed clothing for other companies, including doll costumes for porcelain dolls that were part of a travelling exhibition, before I started my own business. I started with children's clothes, moved on to home decor, and now do hats."
Sandra DeBrieze has a fine arts degree and has been designing for over 30 years. "I love the whole process of hunting for fabrics and making patterns, then watching my visions come to life. I will continue to make sizes 6 thru 22 this year." Size beautiful!
DejaVu Design is a sewing studio located near the village of Hillsburgh Ontario, in the rolling rural hills of Wellington County.The business has been owned and operated by Laura Levitt since 2009.Laura wanted to create and develop a business that focused on upcycling and sustainable fashion. Conscious consumption. Buy less: buy better.
Wearable art - wraps from XS to XXXL handcrafted wraps and shawls - down to the buttons!
"I am an eco fashion designer using organic fabrics as a canvas for my work. Each piece of clothing is hand dyed using natural plant dyes that I collect and buy. I also eco-print designs of local foliage with paints that I created and formulated. I have been involved in fashion for more than 20years and my work continues to evolve. My plant dye work is constantly changing. I continue to learn more about local plants and their gifts. My work is very spiritual and ties into my yoga practice."
The artist is recognized for her originality, she is challenging the notion of what is “conventional” jewelry and clothing… The spontaneous quality of her wearable art makes each creation one-of-a-kind. All pieces are designed and hand-crafted by the artist in her studio in Toronto. Irina Rapaport is the winner of 2014 Best in Show Jewellery Award at Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and 2018 Best Wearable Art in Show at Haliburton Art and Craft Show
Vintage-Inspired handbags created with attention to the seasons “hot” colours and trends in style, just right fastenings and close attention to detail for her adoring fans! adoring fans!
Mad Cap Hats offers stylish and sensible headwear for heads and faces of all shapes and sizes. Capes is a certified milliner, earning that designation and technical through the fashion program at George Brown College. Capes is now semi-retired but still creating millinery from her lakeside studio in beautiful South Frontenac, Ontario.
Based in beautiful Northumberland County of Ontario, since 2002 Nautilos is the brainchild of craftsman Irek, and his wife KiKi, whose passion for boating inspired an exciting line of high quality water repellent canvas handbags available in vibrant earth colours.
Stylishly classic, whimsically feminine, sophisticated and sensual. From stunning winter classics to flirty summer essentials, Olga Saras offers beautifully crafted, exquisite collectibles for every occasion.
My mother taught me how to sew at young age. I took many art and design related courses in high school and entered many student exhibitions and shows. In 2016 I received my Certificate in the Fibre Arts program at Haliburton School of Art and Design and have since combined my passions for painting and sewing to create my unique line of handpainted canvas bags.
Contemporary bags using 100% organic jute, linen and cotton as well as recycled cotton and leather.
Tie dyed, hand dyed and original drawings are incorporated into these garments for the whole family.
Gracie Klutz, owner of Klutz Mega Korp. is a heart forward enterprise with a focus on body positivity and self-confidence. It is my goal to encourage each client to feel happy and safe in their own skin. I love off-beat individuals and the way they look at the world.
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One of a kind, and custom jewelry in pink, white and yellow gold, sterling silver and titanium; precious and semi-precious stones including aquamarine, Canadian diamonds, sapphire, ruby, emerald and spinel.
After graduating high school, I got a film degree, worked odd jobs, and launched a freelance writing career. As much as I enjoyed it, something was missing... and when I realized I needed to do something I felt passionate about, bumblebee jewelry was born. .
Da Costa specializes in Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets that are made from stones we collect from various countries around the world. Our lava stone, which is the stone that allows for diffusion, is sourced from Pico Volcano which is on one of the Azores Islands of Portugal. Simply add the oil of your choice to your lava stone, and enjoy your aroma all day long. Come see our booth to choose the best stone bracelet for you, or a gift for someone special.
Exceptionally handcrafted costume jewellery - a gorgeous way to add drama to your wardrobe.
From classic to whimsical Delicate Touch is known for creating fine detail and traditional styling.
This artist works in silver and quality pearls. Her bathing suit pendants are her trademark piece.
In 2008, after three successful years at Sheridan where Emma completed the Crafts and Design diploma with high honours she was selected as one of the teaching assistants for this program. During her first year out of school Emma was accepted into the prestigious exhibition Unity and Diversity held Cheongju International Craft Biennale. She continued to exhibit and refined her craft skills while developing a body of production jewellery and mixed media sculpture.
I fell in love with metalsmithing in summer of 2018, after a long history of creative expression in other mediums. In 2010, I graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design with a degree in Drawing and Painting. After traveling extensively, training as a midwife, and returning to Toronto a single mother, I was yearning to create again. I began experimenting with metal on a whim in my guest bedroom and became a self- taught metalsmith.
Semi-precious stone, crystal & porcelain beads clustered and hand wrapped with silver wire.
I specialize in affordable chain maille jewellery using mainly silver-plated materials. I have been making jewellery since the age of 10 and working with jump rings and chainmaille since 2010.
Hand designed silver and bronze charms form bracelets, pendants, rings and studs.
Versatile and contemporary sterling silver jewellery with an "inspirational" twist.
I live, work and play in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. After receiving a spoon ring as a gift, I fell in love with the history of this craft which dates back to 17th century England. What started out as an interest has grown into a passion. Spoon jewelry was silverware in their past lives, feeding families as far back as the late 1800’s. Most of them have been forgotten - I love to think that they have been brought out of the past to be enjoyed and admired today.
Beautifully handcrafted sterling silver and gold jewellery incorporating gemstones and pearls.
I make one of a kind jewellery pieces using silver and organic stones like amber, coral and pearls. For me, each piece begins with a design. I get excited about how a two-dimensional sketch can transform into a three-dimensional wearable object. Whether cutting, preparing settings, soldering, polishing, or sculpting – silver always sets the stage. Its light and airy quality creates a satisfying balance with the various stones used. Some of them are cut, some of them are in their natural form.
Handmade glass beads by Saillorgirl and sterling silver combine to make this carefree, bree jewellery.
All the stones in this collection are prospected, cut, polished and set by the artists.
My name is Sue and I am the girl behind the paint brush.
A few years ago, I picked up a paint brush and a piece of copper and created my first necklace. Since that time, I have been painting and creating unique pieces of wearable art.
My Jewelry is created from an unusual combination of Metal and Alcohol Ink.
Talismans, antique beads and objects collected around the world create pieces "to delight the eye, thus enhancing the spirit of beauty."
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Using a hand held plasma cutter award winning studio Burn Island brings new life to vintage tools and car parts.
No armatures or molds are used to create these sculptures made of broken recycled glass.
Singularly different for the spiritual adventurer.
My work varies from large and small pieces, indoor and outdoor pieces, as well as free standing sculpture, hanging sculpture, and wall works.
Soapstone and alabaster sculpture in a variety of styles including abstract and surrealistlc.
Anja found a unusual way of working with recycling materials like natural fibers, vintage lace and doilies, which she then use in her work to give lasting life for many years to come. She often focuses on the female form for its limitless variety, with each having a personality and ethereal life force of its own.
Working with various fabrics and other natural materials presents unique challenges and possibilities – and it has given Anja an unusual freedom in creating sculpture and art.
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Pillows, quilts and wall art/framed textiles in a variety of hand dyed wool fabrics.
New and repurposed steel/metal create one of a kind metal art pieces.
Functional ironwork with designs inspired by nature.
My art form is paper cutting involving hand cut images that are folded and layered to give the piece motion and life. I use watercolour paper that I hand cut. The areas that I want to give motion to are hand moulded or curved and the rest I used positive and negative space to produce the image of the bird.
I use an old German crochet technique passed down from our family to create hand-stitched rugs. I also use an old Germanic handcrafted horizontal wheel to produce my rugs.
I have been creating folk art that celebrates the lighthearted spirit of Ontario for almost 30 years. What once began as a fish and fishing based subject matter has now become an homage to the symbols of the Canadian and Ontario summer time, such as canoes, float planes and the camping site. I have had the honour of recieving many awards and to be included in the collections of many cottages and folk art collectors.
Our fun (and our business is fun) begins with sourcing our fabrics from all over. We are a family business and we constantly bounce ideas back and forth, Paige in her room and Mom in hers and we check in with each other while we work. Our sewing rooms to others would appear to be chaos but we are as organized as we can be with multiple projects always in the works.
All of my handmade Muskoka chair head/neck and lumbar cushions are constructed of high quality Sunbrella fabric making them not only resistant to UV light and fading but to mold and mildew as well. The pillows are sold in pairs with complimentary fabrics. Cushions may have appliques sewn onto them referencing cottage life such as bears and moose or canoes and paddles. They may also be customized with names or initials.
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In my youth, I felt a strong attraction for the outdoors in particular the fields, ponds, and woodlots which then existed near to my parent’s home. My travels introduced me to the wonders of nature, but just as importantly, created within me a feeling of being at peace in the countryside. At the time, I did not understand the attraction, but the feeling has nevertheless remained with me.
A 2005 graduate of OCAD, I have enjoyed many roles in the Arts including painter, curator, and gallery manager.
Linda discovered alcohol inks during a rainy holiday in Virginia Beach with friends. Resining the tiles came next and Linda was hooked. She paints using alcohol inks on ceramic tiles in various sizes and on yupo paper. These paintings are treated with coats of UV spray and followed by clear resin which provides protection of the art work, heat resistance and a sheen that enhances the vibrant colours.
I was born in Trinidad and moved to Toronto at nine. My cultural heritage of the sea and nature and my journey through hardships come through in spirit in my works. Mural painting specializing in Trompe L'oeil became my source of work for 25 years. I now assist seniors with forms of art therapy and caregiving.
Guelph based artist, Marnie Dallan, is a painter and self published children’s author/illustrator. With a background in graphic design, she became a full time visual artist in 2006. Marnie’s recent series of abstract oil paintings are inspired by the subconscious and play. Her colourful paintings excite and spark the imagination. She has exhibited in many solo and group shows across Ontario and has collectors throughout Canada.
I am fascinated by how the “bold lines” of different colours create depth and vibrancy. I love the simplicity of expressing in colour what cannot be spoken with words. My paintings are geometrical, full of angles and straight lines executed in brilliant hues.Having spent time in Algonquin Highlands, Georgian Bay and Nova Scotia each of these distinctive Canadian landscapes greatly influenced my paintings.
Robert Bishop has lived in the Windsor, Ontario area all of his life. He has been a full time artist, painting with acrylics since 1991. Nature, wildlife, horses & pets have been his forté. His colour blindness has never hindered him as his wife & children assisted him throughout his career. He teaches art privately in his studio and sells his work at about 25 Fine Art & Craft shows across Ontario yearly.
Specializing in etchings on zinc plates with nitric acid both framed and unframed art cards based on my artwork.
BFA -Mount Allison 1975
OSA - member since 1974
20 yrs plus of shows including One of a Kind and Haliburton as well as gallery shows.
Work sold in stores and galleries across Canada.
I have been working in 3D mixed meda for several years. Many of the themes & issues present in my work are of a personal nature. Much of the imagery & content could be described as landscapes imbued with a human presence, in a context that is often reflective of our daily aspirations & struggles. Some of the materials used include; wood, glass, metals, plaster, concrete, wire, resin, sculptural epoxy, acrylic paint & found objects.
Haliburton Art and Craft is a juried event. We curate an eclectic open air shopping experience where original Craft and Art are embraced and valued.
A Call for Entry is issued in December by Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre. Entries are received until the deadline (usually mid -February). NOTE: There will be NO selection process in 2021 since last year's Artists have been invited. A Selection Jury is convened to review all applications in March. We invite new jurors from the Arts community to this committee each year. There is no entry fee to apply.
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