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Editor’s gift guide 2014: Part 1

A collection of unique gift ideas from Atlantic Canadian suppliers

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I’ve been attending a lot of craft and artisan shows recently—the Halifax Crafter’s Winter Market and the NSDCC Christmas Show being two highlights. I thought it would be fun to highlight a few items that have caught my attention. Note: this post isn’t sponsored by anyone—I just love these things!

We featured P.E.I.-based Hutchinson Pottery back in our Fall issue, so I was delighted to meet Jessica Hutchinson in person at the NSDCC sale. I love her ethereal glazes—such a range of colours and patinas. At her booth, I crossed off a few names from my Xmas list and couldn’t resist picking up a mug for myself.

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These hand-chiseled stone carvings by Heather Lawson were also incredible. My iPhone photos don’t really do them justice. Working in natural stone (often, Wallace sandstone—a local material that’s one of the most durable sandstones in the world), Heather finds inspiration in ancient ruins and in nature. I’d love to see her pieces in a garden.

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At the Halifax Crafter’s winter market, I discovered a Halifax company called Minimalistos that creates handmade terrariums and sleek display cases out of old window glass. The little scenes of plants and cactus are like tiny worlds unto themselves. Aren’t they cool?

terrariums

Lastly is Keephouse Studio—I adore textile artist Alissa Kloet’s growing collection of printed tea towels, coasters and trays; her designs are so clean and simplistic. Alissa also designed a special 2015 calendar tea towel for the sale—isn’t it fun?

keephouse

Are you done your holiday shopping yet? Have you picked up anything interesting from a local East Coast artisan or shop?

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