Artisans – Page 2 – 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!

Joanne Fitzgerald & Linda Doyon

Arts North

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. |

Christopher Gorey

Lynn's Craft Shop

Christopher Gorey graduated with an Art Education degree from Massachusetts College of Art. For many summers, he had painted and vacationed in Atlantic Canada and eventually gave up his teaching career to take up painting full time in Cape Breton. Interest in his work took off with sales and exhibitions occurring throughout North America.
Chris paints in oil as well as watercolour; his works reflect a feeling of light and texture and include landscapes and people of Cape Breton and other areas of Eastern Canada. |

Harold & Donna Frizzell

Piper Pewter

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. |

Brent Harding

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. |

Chad Keen

Fire & Stone Coffee Roasters - Pottery

Chad Keen is a potter inspired by vintage and farmhouse styles. His work is always evolving with beauty and practicality. You will find mugs with unique handles, croc bowls, pour over coffee cones, teapots and much more! We also craft roast coffee beans on site. Visit our website or Facebook page for current listings of farmers markets and events we’re attending in 2019. |

Gordon Kennedy

Iron Art & Photographs

“With different shapes, forms and colours, I try to express ideas and emotions. My intention is to touch and excite the imagination.” Gordon attended Vancouver Art School in the early 1970s, where he studied painting and metal sculpture. He had studios in Vancouver and Toronto before settling in Cape Breton with his wife, Carol. Several years ago, he began to experiment and study three-dimensional forms which has led to his most recent work, sculptures of metal, fiberglass and cement. |

Lola LeLievre

Proud to be Hookers

Lola LeLievre has been hooking since the age of eleven and still remains passionate about the art after 40 years. Using two-ply year, Lola creates and hooks her own designs. She runs Proud to be Hookers in Petit Etang that specializes in hooked rugs and hooking supplies. Blazing with colour, the shop features Lola’s work and that of other Chéticamp hookers. |

Barbara Longva

Sew Inclined

Barbara Longva started designing clothing at the age of five. She sewed doll clothes by hand and by age 10 was using her mother’s Singer treadle machine to make clothing for herself. Over the years, she altered, repaired and made clothes for friends and family. In 1993, Barbara opened Sew Inclined, on the Cabot Trail, where she designs one of a kind clothing and hats as well as historical clothing. She specializes in hats, offering up to 25 different designs. Her contemporary and historical designs are available for men, women and children. |

Satu Kekalainen-Kimbley

The Red Raven Art Studio

Satu Kekalainen-Kimbley revitalizes discarded treasures in her artwork. Raven songs surround the Red Raven Studio from the early waking hours until dusk. Satu, considers herself a member of the raven community. Satu finds the material for her creations from the piles of discarded ‘treasures’ that would otherwise end up in landfill sites. Therefore, the art of The Red Raven Studio, its stained glass mosaics and panel paintings are created in the spirit of the raven. |

Suzanne Chrysler MacDonald

Mabou Village Gallery

Suzanne Chrysler-MacDonald opened her summer art gallery in 1971. Her “in-house”gallery includes oil and mixed media paintings, archival reproductions and prints. She paints in a style well recognized for her controlled use of color and her painterly, poetic impressionist manner. She is inspired by her scenic surroundings, the Cape Breton style music her late husband loved so profoundly and the caring people who inhabit, work and love this land.