Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are colorful folk and no where is this more apparent than through artistic expression. This is a province full of exceptional works, artisans passionate about showcasing their creative talent. Thus, choosing 16 must-see arts & crafts studios was no easy task.
Moreover, like any island culture (particularly one on the remote North Atlantic), artisans and crafts-person’s alike are strongly swayed by their own connectivity to and affinity for natural environments.
Quidi vidi hand wrought pewter
Two dimensional and three dimensional hand wrought pewter by local metal artist Ray Cox. Remarkable and unusual bowls, vessels and wall art with original, one-of-a-kind “air cast” and “natural colour”. In addition, iridescence motifs include whales and whale tails, trees and the mummer series.
Newfoundland original hooked rugs
Hooked rugs are a proud NL tradition and no where is this more apparent than through Paula Flood. Original design wall fiber art hooked with 100% wool yarn. Not to mention, color, warmth and texture that vibrantly depicts our heritage, culture and everyday life.
Kevin coates woodcarvings
Character-rich carvings depicting outport themes (boat builders, fisherman and berry pickers) by former fisherman Kevin Coates. Carved directly into balsam fir wood harvested only from trees blown down by the wind using simple hand tools. Also figures vibrantly painted that range from eight inches to three feet in height.
An environmentally conscientious collection of handcrafted, exceptionally designed jewelry by local metal smith Natalie Austin. Moreover, a unique design element is added to each piece. Via the “upcycling process”, both found and modern materials are applied to the creative process. Above all, these abstract designs help preserve the natural heritage of the province as well as express it.
Traditional designs made of 100% homespun wool and fashionable, textured novelty yarns. Owner Joan Kane combines her love of fashion with rural self-sufficiency. For example, 12 women from the Trinity Bight region hand knit and embroider with pride all products in their homes. High quality male and female toques, beanies, scarves, purses and mitts are on hand.
Contemporary sculpting influenced by simple forms of nature and the chaotic forces of the modern world. Béla works in stone, wood, metals and bronze that emulate life and movement as he speaks of the human journey. Furthermore, these are three-dimensional realist abstracts with simple lines and bold shapes. All works greatly inspired by the untouched wilderness of Canada’s north and the far reaches of NL’s east coast.
Quilts by anne marie
High quality and durable knitwear and homemade quilts, wall hangings and table runners by quilter Anne Marie Ryan. As well as highly detailed work illustrating NL landscape, rural life and our rich heritage.
Salty rocks & seagirt designs
Hand crafted, hand painted, one of a kind folk art inspired by the colourful homes of NL. From the quirky row houses of St. John’s to the salt boxes and fishing stages of rural life, each one has a personality of its own. Julie Murphy’s works capture our province’s striking beauty, incredible character and exceptionally warm memories. Individually designed and sculpted out of NL rock.
Carvings by clyde drew
Spectacularly sculptured works from moose and caribou antlers and whalebone. Artisan Clyde Drew’ creative works are a three-dimensional world of spirits and natural forms. Clyde is inspired by the songs and stories of his people, the Mi’kmaq nation, in and around his home community of Conne River. His medium truly conveys the beauty, the magic and the powerful imagery of the indigenous culture.
Uniquely designed silk art by acclaimed wildlife artist Jane Sasonow-White. Jane works in the water color, silk dyeing and silk screening mediums. The silk wall hangings and silk scarves are of precise detail and with subtle colour balance. Jane reveals her mastery of silk painting and her sincere appreciation and reverence for this gift we call life.
Mealy mountain gallery
Artisan Peyton (Pete) Barrett’s passion is creating jewelry, glass art, silk art and fibre art. Her creativity comes from the land, the people and the culture. Jewelry is made from gold, silver, copper, bronze, steel and pewter. Her fiber art is often classed as “mixed media” using different techniques in cotton, silk, paint, metals and found objects.
King’s point pottery
KPP consists of Linda Yates and David Hayashida. A creative team collaborating on every aspect of making pottery in a rural setting. Their unique work consists of the award winning line of blue and white functional pottery with their signature “whales and waves” designs. Many of their pieces are also fired in a specialized salt/soda kiln – the first of its kind in the province. Inspiration comes from their local environment and historical research with creative interplay between form and function.
Breathtaking glass art that presents a sense of joy. Includes sculptures, installations, leaded glass and pâte de verre (a kiln casting). Artisan Urve Manuel draws inspiration from the wilderness expanse that surrounds her. Sunrises and sunsets across ancient mountain ranges that formed from the earth’s upheavals, the depths of the saltwater, pristine rivers, clean air, dense woods and gorgeous bog-lands, all provide inspiration for her work. This is glass art that truly comes alive.
Carvings by todd
Creatively crafted works from naturally shed moose and caribou antler. No animal is hurt in the sourcing of these materials. Artisan Todd Neil produces jewelry including necklaces, earrings and brooches. As well as intricate carvings depicting various species of NL wildlife. His work significantly illustrates the rich heritage and strength of character he has experienced since a very early age.
A unique style of folk art (3—d wooden picture) by nl contemporary artist Benedict Joseph Ploughman. This art is outside the mainstream. Made partly from recycled lobster trap laths, individually hand-carved characters and other sculptured pieces. Each picture has a ‘from the heart’ story to tell about rural outport NL and its people. Thinking outside the box, Benedict is helping to preserve a piece of our past for future generations.
The hands of olsen
Rick and Kathrin Evans apply only the highest of standards to their individually crafted leather and seal skin products. Many of their creatively hand-made works highlight NL’s natural environment and rich cultural heritage. The Olsens put a unique spin on artistic expression and have no boundaries. Here you will find carvings, wall art, mitts, slippers and purses.