Artisans – Cape Breton Centre for Craft

Meet Our Artisans

What better way to learn about Cape Breton Island than through the lives and work of its artisans.

The Centre is proud to represent hundreds of professional Cape Breton craft producers. Over 100 are featured in our Gallery Shop in Downtown Sydney, or grab a copy of our Artisan Trail Map and visit their studio yourself!

Don Beamish

Larch Wood

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. |

Sarah Beck

Wildfire Pottery

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. |

Victoria Bonin MacKenzie

V Pottery

V Pottery is the studio of Victoria Bonin-MacKenzie who lives and works on beautiful Isle Madame. Having grown up on the northside of the island in Poirierville and D’Escousse, her love of home has never left her heart. Victoria celebrates colour and images in her work which reflect the local history and culture. She makes functional red earthenware pottery mugs, bowls, serving dishes and platters. Stop by the studio and take home a piece of Isle Madame that you’ll enjoy for years to come. |

Kenny Boone

Kenny Boone Gallery & Studio

Well-known local artist Kenny Boone was born and raised in Cape Breton. Painting professionally since the early 1990s, he quickly gained recognition for his striking watercolour images of the Island. In recent years, his creative curiousity has spurred exploration into many other areas. From a more traditional approach, his painting has evolved into a fluid and sensual form of self-expression. Kenny has exhibited extensively in private and public galleries and his paintings can be found in numerous private collections throughout North America, Australia and Europe. |

Bonnie Brugger

Rocking Waters Glass

Bonnie has a graphic design background which gives her pieces a distinctive look. She draws much inspiration from the ocean view just outside her studio located on Isle Madame on the rugged shores of Cape Breton. She translates the joy that she feels there into her fabulous glass creations. Her one of a kind pieces have a wonderful sense of colour. All her designs are original and visitors to her studio/shop can watch her cutting the glass and creating pieces to be fired in the kilns. Bonnie has been juried into numerous exhibits and has sold her pieces at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. Her work has been purchased and enjoyed by people around the world. As a long-time instructor for teaching fused glass, she has truly enjoyed introducing new glass artists to this wonderful medium. | 902-594-2094

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. |

Jolene Dauphney

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. |

Robert Evans

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. |

Bell Fraser

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. |

Doug Fraser

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. |