Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council Christmas Craft Show

The Cunard Centre is bursting at the seams with local talent this weekend.  Yesterday morning, the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council Christmas Craft Show got underway (@nsdcc).  The event features the works of over 100 artisans and producers.  Most are based in Nova Scotia, with a few vendors from New Brunswick and Quebec sprinkled in.

There was so much talent, and so many great items, that we ended up feeling a bit overwhelmed.  We did a full loop and stopped to talk to some of the participants.  I finally got to meet Angela Grace ( @AngelaGraceJewl) in person, and try on her Fox Ring that I have been drooling over for weeks (family members, hint hint!).

I also met Jon Gray, a bespoke shoe maker from Annapolis Royal (   The detail and care that goes into his shoes is impressive.  He took a few moments to explain the design process, from fitting to finish.  His work is designed to last a lifetime.  The whole experience made me pretty sad to be wearing my dog-chewed flats in his presence.

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Equestrian Style Coat Hanger from Firehouse Ironworks (on our #LocaWishlist)

If you read our blog regularly, you may know that in September we had the opportunity to visit Firehouse Ironworks ( @FirehouseIron) and try our hand at a little smithing. It was one of our favourite experiences to-date, and we have had a new-found respect for iron work ever since.  At the show, we came across Reuban Irons, a Pictou Based shop, where Drew took a liking to his wall sconces.

A few other standouts for us were Jennifer Marlow’s carvings.  Jennifer just returned from SOFA in Chicago.  We also chatted with Louise at the @InfoMorning booth, where the Sharing the View 2013 Calendars (another #LocalWishlist item) were flying off the stands.

The NSDCC Christmas Craft Show runs each year in mid to late December. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit, and gain an appreciation for all of the talented artisans and producers living and working in our province.

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