Artisan for a Day at the Centre for Craft

Sat. May 13, 2017, 10am – 3pm

Artisan for a Day

1061 Marginal Rd. (next to Pier 21)

  • Make Your Mark with Raina MacDonald    Mary Black Gallery

Ever drawn with an eraser? Work with multi-media artist Raina McDonald in the Mary E. Black Gallery. Explore drawing with charcoal and erasers to build up layers, unleash gestures and leave with your own work of art!!

  • Pinch a Pot with Ryan Tingley        Multipurpose Studio

Hand build a clay pot by pinching, shaping and stamping. Get Hands-on in our Multipurpose studio guided by Artist-In- Residence, Ryan Tingley, fresh from selling at the Halifax Crafters Market last weekend.

  • Spin a Yarn with Kristina Vermeulen       Weaving Studio or outside

Join textile artist Kristina Vermeulen and get in on turning wool into wonderfully warm handknit garments.

  •  Hammer a Hook with Ruben Irons    Outside Across the Street

Come be part of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Pictou County artisan Ruben Irons will have his forge and anvil set up outside the Mary Black Gallery. You’re invited to be part of forging a hook to take home. Long pants and closed-toe footwear is recommended.

1096 Marginal Rd. (next to VIA parking lot)

  • Flaming Glass with Emma Piirtoniemi       Glass studio demo

Look for the open garage door into our glass studio where metal artist, Emma Piirtoniemi will be working with her torch to create one-of-a kind glass elements for her contemporary jewellery pieces. Emma is one of our 2017 Artists-In-Residence, building her career as a professional artist.

  • Holy Cow!! Clay Sculpture with Fenn Martin   Outside or in  the Ceramics studio

Taura the cow has escaped from the exhibition “Fencelines”! Roll up your sleeves and join Antigoish artist Fenn Martin at the Centre for Craft studios to help build a life-sized cow made entirely covered in clay and hand made adornments. Watch for progress on social media as we build this Holy Cow together during the day.

1113 Marginal Road – VANS Offices & CFNS

  • VANS Corridor Gallery with the NS Printmakers 

Drop by the VANS Corridor Gallery where members of the NS Printmakers will be on hand demonstrating some techniques. The work of 17 professional printmakers is displayed representing both traditional and experimental forms of print media in a collection of works featured in “The Fine Print” exhibition.

Designer Craft Shop

  • Meet a Plein Air PainterJohn Fairfull

This Halifax-based artist creates acrylic landscapes in every size, focusing on quick brushwork. John will be painting a series of small landscapes at the shop over the course of three hours which will be given away to lucky passers-by!

  • Flaming Torches with the Lampworkers Guild

Using flame torches, Members of the Lampworkers Guild will be on site creating colorful glass beads by hand. It takes skill, patience, and practice to heat glass rods and manipulate molten glass into decorative shapes.

  • Blockprinting with Kate Ward    

Try Your hand at printmaking and learn first hand from this Australian interdisciplinary artist and recent NSCAD MFA graduate whose illustrations are translated into textiles, ceramics, and print.


Our mailing address is:

Nova Scotia Centre For Craft and Design

1061 Marginal Road, Suite 140

Halifax, NS B3H 4P7