Handmade by NL Artisans
Locally made Jewellery
Catherine Aylward of St. John's, Newfoundland says she's always been pretty crafty when it comes to making jewellery. Three years ago, at age 20, Catherine decided to try her hand at selling her line of hand-made necklaces and earrings, which she's called "Lavaliere." The variety of colours and styles ensures you'll find an accessory to suit any outfit and occasion. To avoid irritating skin, earring hooks and backs are nickel-free and necklaces have a special coating to prevent tarnish and irritation. You can see Catherine's jewellery at several festivals and tradeshows throughout Newfoundland this summer. Look for her at the 28th Annual Fish, Fun and Folk Festival in Twillingate from July 24-26, at the 2008 Craft and Trade Show in Springdale from September 11-13, and at the 11th annual Craft and Trade Show in Lewisporte from September 18-20. For purchasing information, contact Catherine via e-mail at email@example.com.
Salt Box Pottery
Products that are both functional and beautiful are the best souvenirs to take back from a trip around this province. Salt Box Pottery, in Bishop's Cove, Newfoundland has mastered this idea with their line of hand-thrown pottery that is charmed with a local twist, adorned with the familiar outport image of the traditional saltbox home. Their mugs, butter dishes, cream and sugar sets, etc. were made for everyday use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher - but they are also pretty enough to display in your kitchen or dining room. And, try their "bun warmer." Simply heat the small disk and place it in your basket of buns, muffins or sliced, homemade bread to keep warm on the dinner table throughout a leisurely meal. For purchasing information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shane Dunphy of Marystown, Newfoundland creates artwork you don't see everyday. Dunphy paints scenes of Newfoundland and Labrador on individual pieces of pinewood that are individually cut, stained and fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. Most are approximately 26'' by 38''. Each piece is original - and provides a great reminder of the beauty that exists in the lifestyle, land and sea of our province.
Time Well Wasted
Wondering where you can find great products from this province? Look no further than the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development's Web site, which promotes only high-quality crafts, gifts and apparel that are distinctively Newfoundland and Labrador. The easily searchable database includes short bios of nearly 100 artisans, as well as images of their products and contact information, should you wish to make a purchase. (You cannot purchase products through the Crafts of Character Web site.) Visit them online and find everything from jewellery and bath products to artwork and specialty food - all with an unmistakable Newfoundland and Labrador flair. www.craftsofcharacter.com