MONDAY JULY 30th 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Recipients of the John and Barbara Mather Award receive recognition, a medal to commemorate their achievements and $500. The Award has been celebrating distinguished contributors to craft since 1981, and it is one of the highest markers of exceptional commitment to the development of craft in Ontario.

Craft Ontario Affiliate Organization members, past Mather Award recipients, and leaders from Ontario-based craft sector organizations and educational institutions are eligible for submitting a nomination.
Nominations must be received by the Craft Ontario office by the submission deadline, and must include:

  • A two page letter of nomination, written by an authorized representative, that outlines why the individual is worthy of the award and recognition for lifetime achievement.
  • The letter of nomination must also include a description of the nominee’s involvement in supporting craft, and a brief explanation of the nominee’s connection to your organization, if applicable.
  • A current CV of the nominee's professional background.

If you have any questions about the process or requirements of nomination, please contact, or 416-925-4222 ext 225.

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Welcoming New Board Members


We are excited to introduce to you our newest Craft Ontario Board Members:

Tracy Hatten 
Tracy was first introduced to Craft Ontario in 2011 when she stood outside at 5:00 am so that she could be the first inline for the Cape Dorset Print Collection release. She has not missed a year since. 

Jay Joo
Originally from South Korea, Jay Joo received his BFA from the Jewellery and Metalsmithing program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. 

Melissa Lowry
Melissa is a practicing surface/graphic designer and event planner who is passionate about all things handmade. She is the founder and director of Makeology, a growing community of craftspeople that was born out of her passion to help supporting makers and entrepreneurs

Nersi Makki
Nersi Makki holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Toronto.  He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and has been practicing law since 2005 with a focus on civil litigation.  He is a member of the York Region Law Association. 

Linda Mather
Linda Mather has no claim to craft talent or ability, but has a great appreciation for the skill and dedication of those who do. The greatest assets she has to offer are creative thinking and common sense, and a passion to be able to advocate for craft to collectors and the general public.

Alia Weston
Alia Weston is a designer, educator and entrepreneur. She holds a BA in jewellery design and silversmithing, MA in business management, and a PhD which focused on organizational creativity. She currently occupies the position of Assistant Professor, Creative and Business Enterprise at OCAD University.

See Full Biographies Here

Welcoming Our New Staff Member

We're very pleased to introduce to you our newest member of the Craft Ontario team!
Lera Kotsyuba is joining us as our new Managing Editor of Studio Magazine.

Lera is an editor, curator, and art historian based in Toronto. She completed her MA in Art History with a Curatorial Studies diploma at York University in 2015. Working across disciplines in architectural history and craft, she has recently worked on the Inuit Artist Database for the Inuit Art Foundation, worked as editor for the publication “A Thousand Colours” by glass artist Sarah Hall, and convened a session at the 2017 Canadian Craft Biennale on Craft and Public Art. She currently serves as a board member of the William Morris Society

2018 Craft Awards Applications:
Deadline Approaching

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday July 30th 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Craft Awards recognize accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. From makers that create innovative and exceptional work to curators, administrators, writers and volunteers who support the craft community, each recipient is recognized as an important contributor to contemporary craft practice. More Information

Craft Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2018 Craft Awards Program is has seventeen awards open for application, totaling over $19,000. Below you will find a link to this year's list of awards, along with descriptions outlining conditions and requirements. Apply Here

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday July 30th 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Patternmaker: Craft Talk

Saturday, July 21st 4pm

CO Space Gallery, Craft Ontario1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

We would like to invite you as a member of Craft Ontario to attend the next event in our popular Craft Talk series featuring patternmakers Carey Jernigan and Julia Campbell-Such at the CO Space Gallery on Saturday, July 21 at 4pm. 

Carey and Julia will provide an overview of their work to be featured in our next exhibition. Patternmaking is an industrial  craft form which includes the carved wooden moulds used to cast the making of  gears, pulleys  and machine parts. Find out more ...

Space is limited, please RSVP to or 416-925-4222 ext 222 to confirm your attendance - you can also respond as "going" on Facebook

                     Ontario Arts Council Exhibiton Assistance Program

Deadline Approaching: July 30th

Craft Ontario is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program. The program provides individual artists with $500 to $2,000 to assist with the cost involved in producing, or taking part in, an upcoming exhibition.

As an OAC Exhibition Assistance program recommender, Craft Ontario reviews and recommends craft-related applicants via the Nova Application Portal. Approved applications are reviewed by a committee and forwarded to the OAC once the grant recipients are chosen.


Recycling Fundraiser and Raffle
Deadline: October 1, 2018

On board with recycling? Here’s a chance to re-purpose and spring clean the nooks and crannies of your jewellery box, cabinets and drawers. Sterling silver is made up of mostly silver ore, which is one of the most ancient recyclable
materials on the planet. Send us your broken chains, 
unmatched earrings, cuff links, old rings, spoons, coins or any scraps that you’re willing to part with.

Your donation will enter you into a draw to win handmade jewellery from the Craft Ontario Shop valued at $200!

Send or drop off your donation, with your contact info to:

Craft Ontario
1106 Queen Street West
Toronto ON, M6J 1H9

We will confirm your donation is received, with an email.

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Member Benefit of the Month 

Akau Framing

All Craft Ontario members get 13-15% off of framing based on project quote. 

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JULY 5 - AUGUST 15, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 5th, 6:00-9:00 PM
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, July 21st, 4:00-6:00 PM rsvp on facebook

Patternmakers hand-craft the wooden forms, called “patterns,” that are  used to create moulds for casting metal gears, pulleys, and machine  parts. These intricate wooden objects, which must be made to exacting  specifications, are some of the most challenging things to make out of  wood. Patternmakers are master woodworkers, but their trade is becoming  obsolete as industrial manufacturing methods become more mechanized and  efficiency is prioritized over individual skill. More Information

Craft Ontario
1106 Queen St. West

As one of the first establishments to represent Inuit and Native art in Toronto, Craft Ontario Shop continues to support and be supported by the rich history and culture of Canada’s Indigenous people.


Original Drawings by Ningeokuluk Teevee

30" x 22"
Arches off-white paper
Signed and stamped Cape Dorset original

See our new collection in-store, with a small selection available online.
Putting on her clothes back - Anuraqtuq
Putting on her clothes back - Anuraqtuq
View This Print

Since 1931, proceeds from Craft Ontario Shop have supported individual craftspeople.

Now more than ever, thoughtfully designed and skillfully crafted objects are appreciated for their enduring quality – as pieces to be handed down and for everyday enjoyment.


Protector Necklace Necklace by Jordan Clarke

The pendant is hand cut raw brass, with a waxed cord.

30 in long.

Entirely hand made, this is a great statement piece!

See Clarke's work available online
Light Dancers Mini Earrings
Light Dancers Mini Earrings
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