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AUTODESK Fusion 360 

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Craft Ontario has partnered with Autodesk to offer FREE 3D modelling/product development software to Members. That's a savings of up $40 USD per month! 

Fusion 360 is a 3D design package for makers, hobbyists, start ups, and professionals. It’s a professional and easy to use package, which combines parametric mechanical design with easy to use free form modelling tools. You can easily export your designs made in Fusion 360 and materialize them on a 3D printer or create a slick render of your design, with the help of the built in render engine.

Some examples of how Makers can use Fusion 360 in their practice include:

  • Mold making for slip casting
  • Jewellery design
  • Furniture design 

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Chase Paymentech

You want a reliable, cost effective service when selling your work. Whether you're at a craft show, using your online shop, or selling out of your store, you will receive 24/7 around-the-clock customer service, competitive pricing and secure payment platforms from Chase Paymentech.

Chase Paymentech has been in the payment processing business for 30 years, supporting many of Canada's largest brands as well as thousands of independent small business owners like you! We are confident that our partners at Chase Paymentech will give you a solid foundation for both establishing and growing your business.

Craft Ontario members receive:

  • NEW! Preferred rates on Chase's new mobile checkout system (perfect for your next craft show!)
  • preferred rates on payment processing fees
  • A variety of POS terminals at exclusive rates, including short and long-range wireless convenience and high-speed connectivity
  • 24/7 customer support, no matter where you are
Mobile Checkout - PLUS


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Citizens of Craft

Citizens of Craft is a national project, led by Craft Ontario, in participation with the provincial and territorial craft councils of Canada, as well as the Canadian Crafts Federation. The goals of this project are to clarify and deepen the public’s understanding of craft and make craft more accessible to Canadians.

Citizens of Craft is a movement. A movement of makers, of appreciators, of shoppers, of admirers – of anyone whose values match our values of heritage, innovation, the leading edge, traditional, authentic, and entrepreneurial.

Citizens of Craft is a movement because there is a great need to unify the voices, to stop trying to define craft but instead to celebrate its diversity – what it is, what it represents, and who it defines – those who make and those who appreciate. A movement is a way for craft professionals to say, "this is what I do, this is what I am – come share my passion." A movement is a way for appreciators to say, "this is what I love, this is what I value, this is who I am."

The culmination of all of the efforts behind this movement are realized in the Citizens of Craft website and its Craft Finder where you can experience and locate craft from Whitehorse to St. John’s. This website allows everyone – Canadians and visitors to our country alike – to experience and access craft more readily and in a rich and easily searchable environment.

As a Craft ProfessionalStudentAffiliate or Business member of Craft Ontario, you can:
  • Showcase your craft both to the existing craft community and those who are discovering and purchasing craft
  • Be presented to site visitors through a wide array of robust searching options
  • Provide you the ability to post and promote personal or community craft events
  • And, most importantly, be part of a mass online exhibit of Canadian craft
To create a profile, you will need:
  • Your Craft Ontario membership number
  • A high-quality image of yourself
  • Several high-quality images of your work
  • A list of stores that sell your work (if applicable)
  • Links to your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)
  • Your website URL

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Not a Craft Ontario member, but want to get involved?
  • Visit our Manifesto page, read and share our 10 Manifesto Points.
  • Declare yourself a Citizen of Craft. Purchase t-shirts and buttons, download phone and computer wallpapers, or download profile photos for Facebook and Twitter.
  • Use the hashtag #CitizensofCraft when sharing your craft photos on social media.
  • Share our Citizens of Craft video

Declare yourself

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Format and Craft Ontario have teamed up to make their website portfolio platform more accessible to you! 

Build the website of your dreams when you sign-up for 6 months free. No credit card required. 

Format makes it easy to build, design and manage a professional online portfolio. Tens of thousands of creative professionals in over 190 countries use the platform to beautifully showcase their work, attract clients and grow their careers. Founded in 2010 in Toronto, Canada, Format is a self-funded company dedicated to empowering the freedom of artists.

To register, login to your Craft Ontario account and navigate to the Format page. 


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Jing Huang
The Pottery Supply House Clay or Glass Supply Grant for $500

Jing Huang is a ceramic artist and sculptor currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She was born and raised in China, and received her BFA from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in 2012, and her Advanced Diploma in ceramics from Sheridan College in 2015. Jing is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Harbourfront Centre.
Jing’s explorations are guided by new experiences that come from living in an unfamiliar landscape, meeting different people and experiencing new cultures. In her practice, Jing is currently exploring the concepts of nature, loss, and dislocation.

Jing asks, “If the distance between China and Canada is 7723 km, then what is the distance between the previous me, and the current me? If there are 12 hours between home and here, what time is it for me now?” Jing’s practice attempts to work with these questions, at the intersection of her old life meeting her new one, the moment intimately close. Working with old and new simultaneously, Jing works with the experience of distance between the present and future.

Jing’s works are the voice and imagination of her life outside her country. They record the feelings and changes in her life. Reassembling these observations are her key to making sculpture, her way to Shi Wai Tao Yuan, her Shangri-la.



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Andrée Chénier
Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award for $2,000

From childhood, Andrée Chénier would gather interesting items from nature walks. Today, she is often compelled to collect treasures she has discovered along the way. For many of us, the desire to keep mementos of nature close at hand inspires us; they not only serve as reminders of beauty, but also of the feelings we experience when we first encountered them.

Historical jewellery forms like memento mori, étuits (for chatelaines), lockets and perfume rings, were designed to store utilitarian or meaningful objects close to the body. Andrée draws inspiration from such pieces to create jewellery that connect us to nature. The object, whether it be an unusual stone, the twist of a branch, a flower petal, or a feather, is not only visually present in the design, but is also often contained within the piece itself. 



Craft Awards 2015

Craft Ontario is pleased to congratulate the 2015 Craft Awards Recipients!

CRAFT AWARDS celebrate and recognize excellence, and since 1981 the program has supported over 500 emerging to established craft professionals in all disciplines. We invite you to take a closer look at the outstanding work of the 2015 Craft Awards recipients below, as well as find out more about their perspectives and processes.

The Craft Awards program is made possible through the generous support of the following donors and contributors: The RBC Foundation, the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, the One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale, Kingcrafts, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., the Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada, A & M Wood Specialty Inc., Lacy and Co. Ltd, and the Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson, Robertson and Diamond Butts families.

Jesse Bromm Marie-Eve G Magdolene Dykstra Stephanie Flowers
Renato Foti Sarah Hall Cassic Ho Carey Jernigan
Joon Hee Kim Simon Kitz K Claire Lindsay Montgomery
Shawna Munro Dani Ortman Mary Philpott Shay Salehi
Nurielle Stern Katrina Tompkins Jake Whillans Cheryl Wilson Smith

Home page images: Marney McDiarmid, Bruce Cochrane, Jin Won Han, Gabriela Wilson, and Hana Balaban-Pommier. 

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.