By Julie Williams
Now in its 10th year, the Beyond Craft Show and Sale will return to 19 on the Park Nov. 8-11.
Stouffville’s annual one-of-a-kind craft show features the work of more than 30 artisans offering handmade pottery, jewelry, wood, soap, metal, chocolate, textiles and more.
Two Friends Chocolates offers handcrafted chocolate bars. Choose from exotic flavours like curry masala and coconut, saffron and chili pepper, pistachios and cranberry or krackin koffee. Two Friends Chocolates “is not just a business,” says chocolatier and co-owner, Neethu Viswanath. “It is friendship, dreams and passion all rolled into one. It is a journey through all things special as are our products; a journey through most exotic ingredients, unique designs and most intriguing flavours.”
Steve Hoover of Big Papa Hoovs uses reclaimed lumber to create ornaments, birdhouses, serving trays and a host of wooden products.
“Our little business simply started by building a birdhouse for my wife, Jeni,” he says. “This year’s newest adventure is the repurposing of old furniture: dining room tables, chairs, dressers and even pianos. We are also creating items from local tobacco sticks. We still have a lot of the old favourites in our line but be ready for a brand new look with a new twist on all of our products.”
Amanda Brittin specializes in hand-forged rustic jewelry.
“I love the feel of a well-worn gold ring, passed down from generation to generation, or an unearthed Norse cloak pin with the bronze decayed but yet still beautiful after hundreds of years buried,” she said. “My rustic jewellery has that same sensibility; it seems like it has been around for a long time and contains warmth and character and just a bit of whimsy too.”
Diane Jupp’s handmade jewelry and pottery designs are influenced by nature. Organic shapes and harmonious colour palettes are found in her work.
“One example is the use of leaves imprinted into clay to create unique dishes,” she said. “Many of my silver jewelry pieces also feature leaf designs as well as natural gemstones.”
Mila Haynos-Owen is the owner of Lavender-Blu, whose products include culinary lavender sea salt and buds, eco-friendly lavender sachets, lavender-rose geranium goat milk soap and calendula and lavender healing salves.
“We now have eight beehives on our property, from which we can obtain our home-grown honey as well as beeswax which we use in the creation of many of our products,” she said.
Admission is by donation with the proceeds supporting Latcham Art Centre’s free community events such as exhibition and educational programming.
Beyond Craft Show and Sale runs Nov. 8 from 6-9 p.m., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email [email protected] for more information.
Photo: Steve Hoover (Big Papa Hoovs), Diane Jupp (Diane Jupp Designs), Mila Haynos-Owen (Lavender-Blu), Neethu Viswanath (Two Friends The Chocolate Company Ltd.), Amanda Brittin and Tessa McDougall, Latcham Art Centre event and outreach coordinator. Julie Williams photo