Finds for $30 and Under

While the Circle Craft Christmas Market is known for its curated, high quality wares, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to bring home some treasures. Here are just a few items available for $30 or less.

Low Poly Crafts (Booth K10)
Britta and Adrian of Low Poly Crafts offer pre-scored, pre-cut, numbered kits to build beautiful geometric sculptures out of high quality paper. Several of their clever designs are available for $30.

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Abeego Designs (Booth C30)
Abeego is a reuseable beeswax wrap that protects your food from air and moisture, while still allowing it to breathe. A stylish and environmentally friendly alternative to plastic wrap! Packs of assorted sizes are available for $15 to $18.

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Arundel Studios Pottery (Booth E28)
Bronwyn Arundel hand throws all of her pottery on the wheel in medium fire white porcelain into light and simple shapes, and decorates it with drawings of animals and people. These charming plates are only $12, and the small mugs are $28.

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Cosman & Webb Townships (Booth K28)
Established in 1977, the sugar bush of the Cosman & Webb Farm has been producing the finest, most pure, organic maple syrup for nearly half a century. Their single forest maple syrups are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from $6 to $24.

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Gnome Homes (Booth A9)
Monica Senn has been developing her feltistry over many years, and now an imaginative world of fuzzy characters and their houses fly out of her fingertips into folk art. You can take home one of these adorable felted animals for $10 to $18.

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The Circle Craft Market is on until Sunday, November 11 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West!

Circle Craft Market
November 7-11, 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Wednesday-Friday 10am to 9pm | Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 5pm

Check in at www.circlecraft.net for the latest Circle Craft Market information. Tickets are available for purchase online, where you’ll find discounts for students, seniors, and groups, as well as a 2-for-1 special for evenings after 5pm.

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Sandra Ramos Ceramics

The Circle Craft Market returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre West next week, running from November 7-11. Each week leading up to the Market, we have been featuring exhibiting artists.

Today we’re highlighting Sandra Ramos Ceramics of Madeira Park, BC, who is new to the Market in 2018.

Sandra Ramos has been working with clay since 1998. Her primary interest is in creating functional and unique work. In the process of creating her pottery, she throws and alters the shapes of her work. She works with the richness of textures and movement of each of her creations.

Sandra’s work is salt/wood-fired in her kiln in Madeira Park, BC. She enjoys this type of firing because of the challenge it presents and the element of surprise it creates.

For more information, visit Sandra Ramos’ website.

You’ll find Sandra Ramos and hundreds of other exhibitors from across Canada at the Circle Craft Market.

Circle Craft Market
November 7-11, 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Wednesday-Friday 10am to 9pm | Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 5pm

Check in at www.circlecraft.net for the latest Circle Craft Market information. Tickets are available for purchase online, where you’ll find a $2 discount on advance tickets, as well as a 2-for-1 special for evenings after 5pm.

Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio

Kathleen Tennock was in born in South Africa where she studied fine art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Now residing in Whistler, Kathleen is strongly influenced by BC’s west coast, but the forms and textures of Africa still remain very present in her work.

Photo by Sarah Mickel Photography

Kathleen works primarily with clay, using a primitive method of firing called Naked Raku. The raw texture of the clay and spontaneous markings created by the smoke firing during the Naked Raku process gives her work a natural and almost stone-like quality.

Photo by Anastasia Chomlack Photography

All of Kathleen’s work is unglazed, leaving the clay to its most natural state with only the markings from the smoke left behind from the firing process. Not using glaze allows her to maintain the tactile quality of the clay.

Photo by Sarah Mickel Photography

Circle Craft Coop member Kathleen Tennock will be joined by 300 other exhibitors at this year’s Circle Craft Market from November 7-11 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

Wedding & Anniversary Gifts

We’re right in the midst of wedding and anniversary season! Whether you’re looking for something extra special to get for that soon-to-be-married couple or a unique (and traditional!) anniversary gift for your other half, you should definitely visit our Shop on Granville Island for inspiration.

The Circle Craft Shop is full of beautiful handmade items for the home, all of which make perfect wedding gifts! Try a wood cutting board, bowl, and spatula (Claudia Hayward of The Wooden Forge); glass candle holders (Jeff Burnette); or a ceramic cream and sugar set (Liz de Beer of Klaywerk Studio). We also have lovely handmade cards (Jan MacLeod of Plant Papers).

Our Shop also carries several items ideal for traditional anniversary gifts. For your first wedding anniversary, there are lovely paper cards and artwork (Jan MacLeod of Plant Papers). A leather journal (Rudi Diesvelt of Rare Discovery) would be great for a third anniversary; a rugged wood box (Neno Catania) for a fifth. If you’re celebrating your sixth anniversary, we have iron card holders (Gina Medhurst of Kootenay Forge) and letter openers (Kelly Backs of Tree Studios). For your 25th wedding anniversary, try a lovely set of silver bangles (Svea Vatch).

For these and more great gift ideas, visit us in the Net Loft on Granville Island. We’re open seven days a week!

New Circle Craft Coop Members

Circle Craft is a unique BC Artist Cooperative dedicated to providing opportunities for craftspeople to connect with the community. Formed in 1972, Circle Craft has grown to become a major force in the marketing and promotion of quality craft utilizing a ‘direct from the artist’ approach. The Circle Craft Coop has over 125 members, 16 of which joined the coop in the last year. We would like to introduce you to a few of these new members!

Susie Benes
Susie Benes’ sculpture work strives to liberate the horse from its traditional representation as a possession, in order to discover a more essential equine element. She works in non-toxic, lightweight clay. Sculptures made from these artist quality clays can mimic the look of ceramic, but are lighter and very durable. They allow for new techniques and styles not necessarily available to traditional mediums.

Lorna Moffat
Textiles artist Lorna Moffat’s work is for anyone who wants to add an artistic conversation piece to their living space or own a piece of ‘wearable art’. Nature, landscape, architecture, and the many faces and cultures Lorna has experienced on her travels are a great source of inspiration for her work. There is also the occasional nod to her Scottish roots. Lorna fuses traditional stitching techniques such as appliqué and ‘mola’ work with her own style of fabric manipulation to create her signature stitched and collaged surfaces on pillows, bags, and blankets using wool, linen, cotton, silk, and velvet.

Ashley Ponter
Metal artist Ashley Ponter is inspired by modern architecture, indigenous wildlife, and the rich art history of BC. She maintains a special interest in exploring the circle of life of animals in the wild, aiming to create powerful pieces that capture the essence of the subject, using materials that are reflective of the innate strength required for survival. She incorporates different metals and practices into her work, using aluminum, hot rolled steel, silver, and brass to create distinctive wall panels and other wildlife art.

Yookyoung Yong
Over a decade of travels and studies have inspired Yookyoung Yong’s simple and quiet forms in clay. At the heart of her designs lies an idea, conveyed by shape, form, contour, and a quiet colour. Her work uses simple yet captivating patterns designed to evoke emotion and feeling. Each piece is handcrafted with precision and love. No two pieces are the same, and each piece has its own individual charm.

Father’s Day Gifts

Are you looking for something unique and handmade to give your dad this Father’s Day? Look no further than our Shop on Granville Island! From cards and coasters to fashion accessories and home decor, we have you covered.

Hardworking dads deserve a break! Help them relax and enjoy some downtime with a glass tumbler by Jeff Burnette, leather coasters by Lincoln Heller (Fiveleft Leather), and a wood bowl perfect for holding snacks by Neno Catania. And don’t forget the card! This one features artwork by Rae Maté.

Dads like to accessorize too! A leather wallet by Rudi Diesvelt is always a good choice. So is a leather belt by Lincoln Heller (Fiveleft Leather). These rugged rings by Jakob Bauer are also great for men. For something more appropriate for relaxing at home, try these comfy slippers from Helen and Jeremy Long (Padraig Cottage).

For some great home decor for men, try this airplane by Jo Ludwig (Kiln Art Glass). This ceramic plate by Laura van der Linde and these fun wood insects by Hermann Edler make wonderful gifts as well. Top it all off with a handmade Father’s Day card by Jan MacLeod.

The Circle Craft Shop is located in the Net Loft on Granville Island. We’re open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Come visit us to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for your dad!

Mother’s Day Gifts

It’s now May, and that means Mother’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re still looking for that perfect gift to let your mom know just how special she is, visit the Circle Craft Shop on Granville Island! We have plenty of unique gift items.

For the fashion conscious mom, there are beautiful scarves by Ulrieke Benner and stylish leather clutch purses by Lincoln Heller (Fiveleft Leather).

If your mom loves jewellery, there are plenty of lovely pieces available in the Shop, including these earrings, bracelet, and ring by Diane Tordjman (Yutal Jewelry Fusion). There are also some stunning wood jewellery boxes, such as this one by George Knoll (Bert’s Wood Works).

For the tea-loving mom, there are a number of wonderful ceramic items, including this teapot by Junichi Tanaka, these mugs by Haejin Lee, and this plate by Friederike Rahn.

Visit the Circle Craft Shop in the Net Loft on Granville Island to discover these items and much more!

Pottery

Pottery has always been an important part of the Circle Craft Christmas Market. There are 25 exhibitors in the clay category this year, and each one has their own unique style. A few of these exhibitors include Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio, Gordon Hutchens Studio, eikcam ceramics, and Sophia Clay Art.

Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio (Booth 543)
Kathleen uses primitive methods of firing like sawdust and naked raku. Without using glaze, she is able to maintain the tactile quality of the clay, which makes her work not only visually pleasing, but also inviting to touch. The raw texture of the clay and spontaneous markings created by the smoke firing during the naked raku process give Kathleen’s work a natural and almost stone-like quality.

Gordon Hutchens Studio (Booth 341)
Gordon’s work is well known for the depth and diversity of his glazes and the strength and refinement of his forms. He produces a variety of work from sculptured to functional, and utilizes an extremely broad range of techniques.

eikcam ceramics (Booth 213)
eikcam ceramics is a home decor collection designed and handmade by Vancouver artist/designer, Grace Lee. Most of Grace’s work lends a sense of naturalness and whimsy, which serve as functional pieces for the table or home. Grace’s approach to design remains a kind of layered simplicity. She often combines different textures with hues and colours to complement the form, shape, and functionality of the piece.

Sophia Clay Art (Booth 156)
Sophia’s work is influenced by the textures of oaks, birches, pine trees, and aspens in Pacific Northwest. She is particularly mesmerized by the scars on their barks, which tell their stories.

You’ll meet these ceramic artists and more at this year’s Circle Craft Christmas Market, on until Sunday.

Circle Craft Christmas Market
November 8-12, 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Wednesday-Friday 10am to 9pm | Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 5pm

Check in at circlecraftmarket.net for the latest Circle Craft Christmas Market information. Tickets are now available for purchase online, where you’ll find discounts for students, seniors, and groups.

Jumping Creek Pottery

The Circle Craft Christmas Market returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre West November 8-12. Each week leading up to the Market, we will be featuring exhibiting artists.

Today we’re highlighting Jumping Creek Pottery of Revelstoke, BC, who is new to the Market in 2017.

Jumping Creek Pottery is directly influenced by potter/carpenter Kaitlan Murphy’s love of good food, quality craftsmanship, and nature.

Kaitlan strives to incorporate her daily experiences into her pottery, such as the smell of rain falling in the garden or the joy of skiing from the top of a mountain. She blends these experiences into thrown lines and glazes while creating her pottery.

For more information, visit Jumping Creek Pottery’s website.

You’ll find Jumping Creek Pottery and hundreds of other exhibitors from across Canada at the Circle Craft Christmas Market.

Circle Craft Christmas Market
November 8-12, 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Wednesday-Friday 10am to 9pm | Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 5pm

Check in at circlecraftmarket.net for the latest Circle Craft Christmas Market information. Tickets are now available for purchase online, where you’ll find a $2 discount on advance tickets, as well as a 2-for-1 special for evenings after 5pm.

Handcrafted Kitchenware

If you’re looking for handmade kitchenware, the Circle Craft Christmas Market has you covered. With potters, glass blowers, textile artists, and wood turners all displaying beautifully crafted kitchenware, there is a great variety of items available.

Cathi Jefferson Pottery (Booth 343)
Cathi Jefferson’s functional pottery includes teapots, cups and mugs, tableware, bowls, and pitchers. Her high fired stoneware is light to the touch, yet remains very durable and resists chipping. All items are dishwasher and microwave safe.

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Rain Goose Textiles (Booth 152)
All Rain Goose images are hand printed on small panels and then cut and sewn into uniquely conceived products. They carry a variety of kitchen linens, including aprons, tea towels, tea cozies, and pot holders.

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Artech Glassblowing Studios (Booth E11)
Artech is a traditional glassblowing studio that produces upcycled glass tableware and handmade barware. They are known for their recycled beer glasses, which are repurposed beer bottles that still hold a full beer.

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Stinson Studios (Booth 330)
Stinson Studios creates a variety of wooden serving bowls and sculptural burls. Since its inception, they have worked with wood sourced locally from family-run wood lots. The logs are chosen for rare characteristics that bring something special to each piece.

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You will find these exhibitors and more at the Circle Craft Christmas Market.

43rd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market
November 9-13, 2016 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Wednesday-Friday 10am to 9pm | Saturday 10am to 7pm | Sunday 10am to 5pm

Check in at circlecraftmarket.net for the latest Circle Craft Christmas Market information. Tickets are now available for purchase online, where you’ll find discounts for students, seniors, and groups, as well as a 2-for-1 special for evenings after 5pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.