Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
We are very excited to be showing the works of David Sharpe, a Stratford Plein Air artist who has been painting seriously for over ten years. David recently left an advertising career in Toronto to move to Stratford and pursue painting full time. The landscapes in and around Stratford and South Western Ontario provide him with a wealth of material for his oils on panel and canvas. Shown here are two works currently for sale in the store. Spring Willows On The Avon and Dawn-Long Point Marsh. To find out more about David's work you can link to his website on the right. For information on works at the store you can contact us by phone or email.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
We have some beautiful new pottery by Gabrielle Kaufman, from Etobicoke, Ontario. Gabrielle works in dark greens and blacks and blues and reds with abstracted leaf and design patterns often inspired by the ravine landscape behind her house. She is also influenced by other artists and designers. The dark green bowl shown here was inspired by a William Morris wallpaper pattern. We are pleased to now have lots of mugs and bowls in a variety of sizes in stock. Fifty percent of all Gabrielle's pottery proceeds are donated to Canadian Food for Children. What a perfect Christmas gift for a pottery lover on your list.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Now that the cold weather is here to stay and a hot cup of tea is the perfect way to warm up, think about adding a new tea pot and cream and sugar set to your Christmas wish list. The flowered teapot with cream and sugar is by Dundas potter Scott Barnim and the white and orange set is by Duncan Aird, also from Dundas, Ontario. To keep those pots of tea warm add a Tea Cozy by London, Ontario artist, Sherri Cowan of Rag Bag. Each cozy is crafted from recycled sweaters and blankets that have been felted and made into attractive covers for your tea pot.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Don Dolton is a Stratford artist. His signed and numbered reproductions of Stratford, seen here, Historically Stratford and Serenely Stratford, are copies of original works done in pastel in which he has captured the beauty of the Avon river in two different locations. Both reproductions are available at the store.
Monday, October 24, 2011
As the festive season approaches and baking is on everyone's mind it might be a good time to invest in some beautiful but functional pottery bowls by Thomas Aitken. They are lovely to look at, wonderful to use and with a limited amount of care will last a lifetime. Reminiscent of the bowls in grandma's cupboard they will be a valuable addition to your kitchen.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
John and Deb Sturrock, of JD Leather in Waterloo, have been making quality leather bags for over thirty years and Village Studios has been carrying them for that long. Each bag is hand sewn using high quality upholstery leather. Recently they have added a small and large version flat bag to their design collection. The zip pocket at the front of the purse is divided in half, with each half being large enough to hold a passport or other travel documents. As with all JD bags the inside has lots of zippered compartments. The large market bag, shown here in an acid yellow, is perfect for shopping or for travel and is also available in black and dark grey.
Large market bag, three large flat bags and two smaller flat bags.
Monday, July 4, 2011
We have just received some new work from Amelia Lucier and Julien Mongeau of AJ Glass and Ceramics, Montreal. We again have their fantastic glass and ceramic mortar and pestles and the newest addition, a glass and ceramic citrus juicer. We also have new oil drizzlers and wonderful espresso cups and saucers in two different sizes. By making functional objects decorative this creative team are able to bring beauty to the workspace and table.
Friday, June 24, 2011
We have some beautiful new work by Collingwood, Ontario jeweller, Elaine Wigle. Elaine designs all her own work using unique stones and pearls, accented with handmade components in sterling silver and gold. Each piece is a wearable work of art. The first piece is a large white and grey pearl pendant on an 18" knotted grey pearl necklace. The second piece is an ammonite fossil pendant on brown pearls. Each necklace can be worn as shown or the pendant can be removed so that the pearls can be worn seperately and the pendant can be combined with a sterling chain. The earrings are sterling silver and sterling silver with white pearls.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Berry season is finally here and nothing would make your berries happier than being in a Thomas Aitken berry bowl. After you have washed your berries and let them dry think about serving them in a bowl turned by Thomas and beautifully decorated by his wife Kate Hyde. Kate has done a series of bowls, pitchers and vases with a clothesline motif as seen above and we have some new tulip vases and pitchers that have just arrived in the store also by Kate. You can keep the joy of summer around all year long by having a piece of pottery painted by Kate Hyde in your collection.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
These beautiful 'live' edge cutting boards are made by Gary Kennell of Brockville, Ontario. Gary has been making quality wooden cutting boards for a number of years but we especially like these boards with the rough 'live' edge. They are not only functional but also a great conversation piece. All wooden cutting boards are better for your knives than plastic or glass and will last a life time if treated properly.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
'The Girls' are back this season, filling the store with their over the top personalities. Mary-Jo Lang, from Sarnia, Ontario is the talented doll maker who gives each of her ladies a creative twist. They are sure to make you smile and will probably remind you of a favourite friend or family member. Be sure and drop by and see the whole collection.
Monday, April 11, 2011
On April 9th and 10th we had a very successful opening of New Works by Leslie Watts. Fourteen pictures sold but many lovely works still remain including theses incredible food pictures done in acrylic on canvas and board. For a full viewing of all the new work by Leslie go to her website linked at the right. The pictures that have sold are marked. For information about unsold works get in touch with us at the store by email or telephone.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Get ready for Valentines Day with a handmade glass heart by Susan Belyea of Glass Roots, Kingston, Ontario. Each brightly coloured spotted heart has been hand blown and will add a touch of whimsy to any corner of the house. Flowers wilt, chocolates disappear but a glass heart lasts forever!