Guest Artisan Spotlight

artisan spotlightAs micro producers of fine quality hand crafted goods, we are proud to be part of the independent artisan community.

Locally, regionally, and nationally we are a country rich in variety and the arts are no exception. At we are delighted to be part of two wonderful organizations that are dedicated to supporting these producers.

  • Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op was formed in 1994 to offer public exposure for the many fine artists in Grey-Bruce counties (Ontario) and to serve customers in their search for a broad range of high quality fine craft and art. Located in downtown Owen Sound, and reflecting the creativity of the thriving arts community in the region, the Artists’ Co-op is a major attraction for both residents and tourists in and beyond the south western area of Georgian Bay. (More about the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op at
  • Foodie Pages is your online farmer`s market. It is the perfect place to connect with the farmers and artisans who make and grow the products you want to buy. With everything foodie related at your fingertips, it is a great way to browse and buy artisan foods and culinary accessories from across Canada. (More about Foodie Pages at

To help celebrate the wonderful independent spirit behind the artisans, we will periodically feature one of our fellow Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op and Foodie Pages artisan producers here at We hope you will visit them at the Artists’ Co-op and Foodie Pages, in person, at shows/events, or whereever you can help to support and encourage them and the independent artisan community in general.

Guest Artisan Feature

  • Artisan Spotlight • Elaine Davidson “I’ve spent the first half of my life, pretty much using the left part of my brain being a Medical Lab Technician as well as dealing with the challenges of having Spina Bifida. Now, art challenges me to be more of a ‘Right Brain’ thinker, hopefully bringing earlier experiences to my Art.”

Guest Artisan Archive

  • Artisan Spotlight • Andrew Shepherd (Vancouver Island Salt Co) • A successful chef in his first carrier, with experience from all across our country, South Australia and New Zealand. Andrew started Vancouver Island Salt Co in early 2010 combining his culinary knowledge with his new found interest in gourmet retail foods, to fill a void in the local food system.
  • Artisan Spotlight • Korey Kealey (Natural Kitchen Wizard) Over two years ago, Natural Kitchen Wizard Korey Kealey was on a quest to seek optimal health and paid a visit to her local Naturopath to help her on her journey.
  • Artisan Spotlight • Victoria Kirk (Rustic Edge) In this Artisan Spotlight, we feature Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op member Victoria Kirk and the Kirk family brands Rustic Edge and Sassafras Artistic Design.
  • Artisan Spotlignt • Ella Kinloch (Make Cheese Inc) • Ella Kinloch of Calgary, Alberta, is on a mission to spread the joys of cheesemaking far and wide. She founded Make Cheese Inc, a company that supplies cheesemaking kits complete with ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes.
  • Artisan Spotlignt • Jackie Rowe (The Garlic Box) • The Garlic Box – building brand awareness since 1998; this family business grows, develops and manufactures premium food items made with local garlic, gaining local and international recognition with award winning products.
  • Artisan Spotlight • Jenn Klemm (Photography) • This collection of photographs was taken on location in Italy, France, Toronto, Welland, and Grey Bruce, and focus on the beauty of exploration and the nostalgia found in pavement stains and such every-day wonders.
  • Artisan Spotlight • Kate Civiero (Infinite Glassworks) • Kate unites design and function in her signature handblown glassware. Through use of bold, bright colours and fluid, modern shapes, Kate elevates her items from the everyday into the extraordinary… pieces that are beautiful to view and a joy to use!
  • Artisan Spotlight • Michael Armstrong (Turned Out Great) • June 2013 Guest Artist at the Owen Sound Artists Co-op is Michael Armstrong (Turned Out Great!). Check out his fine and functional woodturnings including hummingbird feeders, fine writing instruments, hand-turned pet urns, oil lamps, ornaments, and custom cast bottle stoppers as well as a variety of other items.
  • Artisan Spotlight • Rallis Olive Oil • The Rallis Family has been making ice pressed olive oil for nearly 5 years. What is the difference? In terms of taste… lots. In terms of healing… everything!
  • Artisan Spotlight • Steve Irvine (Pottery) • Born Hamilton, Ontario. Began working in clay in 1968, and photography in 1971. Ceramics Major Sheridan College 1971-74. Established a full-time studio on the Bruce Peninsula in 1974.