Meet Our Artisans
What better way to learn about Cape Breton Island than through the lives and work of its artisans.
Grab a copy of our Artisan Trail Map and begin exploring. You will find fascinating blends of traditional and cutting edge, functional and aesthetic, simple and sophisticated craft – from pottery to leather, metal to textiles, and everything in between.
The Larch Wood manufacturing plant is located in on the banks of the world-renowned Margaree River in Victoria County. Established as a manufacturer of floors, the owners of Larch Wood Enterprises decided to create cutting boards that would take advantage of the striking pattern of the end cuts of the larch tree. Over a year was spent designing and testing boards rendering a product that is beautiful, functional and durable. Since their introduction, Larch Wood Heritage Cutting Boards have become best sellers across Canada and the U.S.
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The daughter of a British Columbia potter, Sarah has been exposed to the trends, styles and techniques of contemporary ceramics since early childhood. Her one-of-a-kind pieces take their inspiration from the natural world and her work has been described by customers as being “like nature, only better!” The majority of her creations are hand-built and raku fired and visitors can see them being made in her studio/shop on the Cabot Trail, located on the North Shore.
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Ryan & Shannon Costelo
Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company
At Groovy Goat, owners Ryan & Shannon Costelo takes pride in handcrafting natural, luxurious soaps and lotions. The secret ingredient? Fresh goat milk from the well-loved goats on the family farm! Goat milk contains natural moisturizing, cleansing, and soothing properties making it ideal for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive skin. Situated in Ingonish on the Cabot Trail, Groovy Goat is a great place to visit for a farm experience the whole family will enjoy.
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Leather Works by Jolene
Jolene Dauphney has spent her life on the North Shore of Cape Breton and almost her entire working life in the business of crafting leather. She spent several years apprenticed to master leatherworker John Roberts of Leather Works. In 2014 Jolene took over ownership of the store from the Roberts family, renaming it Leather Works by Jolene.
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North Shore Woodsmiths
The son of a master cabinetmaker, Bob began training at a very young age. By his mid-thirties he had considerable experience in construction, interior finish, cabinetmaking, and furniture manufacturing and design. He was an instructor of technical education for 17 years. Many of the unique products created at Woodsmiths were designed, tested and refined in those years. Bob’s products are made primarily from hardwoods harvested in the Highlands of Cape Breton: yellow birch, beech, oak, ash, maple, birdseye maple, spalted woods, cherry, apple, and walnut. Finishes are non-toxic.
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Cape Breton Clay
Bell was born and raised in Margaree Valley, Cape Breton and has been working with clay since 1986. After studying painting and ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990, Bell came back home to continue working. Transforming a simple thrown form into an elaborate container, with crabs, lobsters or mussels added to it, is both a challenge and a reward. Bell wants to make new things that feel good to hold.
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Doug Fraser Art & Sculptural Garden
Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Doug Fraser was surrounded by the arts in the form of Celtic folklore, Gaelic song and traditional Cape Breton Step Dancing but it was sketching where his artistic talent was first discovered. After 30 years of self-directed experimentation Doug is now a full time oil on canvas and linen professional artist. After several years of showing/selling his work through Art Galleries and art showings Doug now enjoys welcoming visitors from all corners of the earth to his own studio/gallery for a conversation through art. His pursuit is light, and his unique style and his close connection to the landscape and its rich cultural history enables him to create that ethereal perspective he has become so well known for in his landscape and seascapes. His use of light, colour and subject matter touches a cord with the viewer worldwide.
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Joanne Fitzgerald & Linda Doyon
Joanne and Linda produce high-fired stoneware pottery in themes inspired by northern Cape Breton’s pristine environment: moose, whales, shorebirds and flowers. Joanne and Linda’s work and that of more than 20 other juried Cape Breton artists are retailed at Arts North, the Cape Breton only gallery in Cape North, designed by Joanne and Linda. 100% Cape Breton arts and crafts.
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Harold & Donna Frizzell
Harold and Donna Frizzell returned to their Cape Breton roots in 2000 and met Jim and Lorna Tompkins whose business, Piper Pewter, had grown to include a successful wholesale business with customers across Canada and the USA. When the Tompkins opened a workshop and shop in 2003, Donna worked as their retail manager and learned to cast, finish, and mould pewter. Harold and Donna are now the new owners of Piper Pewter and enjoy creating new and exciting products, along with classic pieces. They produce a variety of Celtic & Scottish jewellery and other items. Each piece is skilfully cast and finished by hand.
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Metal Glass Media
Brent has been painting in watercolours and acrylics for almost 25 years. More recently, he began designing and assembling one-of-a-kind glass creations combining organic and linear forms. For many years, Brent lived in Ontario where he exhibited in several galleries and shows. He also taught classes and was artist-in-residence in the Kor Gallery in Kitchener. Brent’s paintings and glass pieces hang in private and corporate collections across North America. He now lives in Catalone where he has a studio and welcomes visitors.
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