Visiting the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

It’s the weekend of the Craft Council AGM and that means a Friday of Studio Tours as well as a sneak peek inside the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. I’ve written about it before (before its name was changed from The Tucker Premises to the QVV Plantation) but it’s nearing the opening date now, the tenants…

Snared

I usually don’t escape from the Seconds Sale unscathed. Habitually, I wind up carting home arcane things like Ukrainian egg decorating kits (which we used), bags of wool-that-should-be-a-sweater (but still isn’t), a paper-making kit (again, we used this) and a myriad of other widgets and gadgets (and sheep, of course). It seemed inevitable that some…

May Day Craft Weekend

I was up to my ears in the organization of the Seconds Sale yesterday, so my deputies took the camera and went off on a Dad & Kid Exploration of the MayDay Craft Weekend. All of these photos were taken by John, so any credit is entirely his. I tweaked them here and there (cropping,…

Between one thing and another

This weekend has been crazily busy thus far, mostly with Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador-related things. The annual Craft Council Seconds Sale was today, as were assorted open studios and craft events that have been collectively gathered under the auspices of “The May Day Craft Weekend“. More on this after I finished editing the…

Janus

The beginning of Daylight Savings Time always makes me more aware of the beginnings and ends of days, particularly insofar as daylight is concerned. Our house is fortunate in its orientation, having a rather nice prospect on both sunrises and sunsets. Whenever completing a project, no matter how large or small, I always feel a…

Clay Day

Yesterday evening was Katherine’s ninth birthday party and we celebrated at the Devon House Clay Studio, operated by the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador. I wasn’t about to post all the photos here, so I made a collage. If you follow this link, you will see the full collection in greater detail. A few…

Nicola Hawkins: Junkosphere & Studio Tour

Currently showing at the The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery is a show by Nicola Hawkins. The web page for The Rooms gallery says this: Nicola Hawkins: Junkosphere December 17 – April 15, 2012 Level 4 This exhibition by Nicola Hawkins features collaged paintings, sculpture, installation and animation – all proposing a discourse on the relationship…

Studio visit: The Grumpy Goat Gallery

John, Katherine, Rowan and I decided to take advantage of the great weather yesterday. We threw assorted stuff into the car and scurried out around the bay to geocache, visit a studio and generally explore. Upper Island Cove is one of those places that we’ve always meant to visit, but never stopped at. Katherine’s job…

Beach Firing

Each summer, the members of the Craft Council Clay Studio hold a beach firing, where they fire an astounding array of pottery pieces in a huge pit at Middle Cove Beach. Some are wrapped in seaweed and all are left to the amazing vagaries of smoke and fire for several hours. It’s a fabulous time…

Craft of the Day: Cara’s Joy in the Annual Members Exhibit

A series of three pieces entitled “If I Open My Eyes,” by Cara’s Joy (blog link – worth a regular read!) are the Craft of the Day for Canada Day 2011. If it’s colour and a boundless zest for life, laughter and seeing the vibrancy in the world around us that turns your crank, these…

Claymaille scupture: Testing

Claymaille scupture, originally uploaded by VickyTH. I’m testing the whole interconnected scheme of WordPress, Flickr, Twitter and Youtube. bear with me. To divert you, I send you to this video: Here you can see Jason Holley rearrange his modular clay raku sculpture, which is made up of 9072 rings, linked into blocks. Below is the…

Craft of the Day: Roz Ford’s jewellry

I’ve been trying to think on how to update my index of craftspeople while keeping them current and making it interesting, and decided that I will spend the next while writing “Craft of the Day” posts. Each day I will find a product (some will be from the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador’s shop,…