Craft Smarts

Craft Export Readiness and Craft Smarts Online

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We are creating vital professional development offerings and cannot wait to share them with artists and entrepreneurs this year. Here is what to look forward to this spring and summer...

Top 3 Things You Must Know to Export Art and Craft

FREE to attend! Please register at one of the links below.
Presented by: Sara Washbush.

Do you love it when your work crosses borders, or is it scary and full of unknowns? Lessen that fear with knowledge specifically geared towards artist-entrepreneurs. Craft Ontario’s “Top 3 Things You Must Know to Export Art and Craft” presentation will be followed by a question and answer period as time allows.

- Kingston: April 20, 5:30 pm, Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
- Thunder Bay:
May 17, 5:30pm, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Register here
- Kitchener/Waterloo: May 30, 6:00pm, Button Factory Arts, Register here
- Haliburton: June 13, 6:00 pm, Haliburton School of Art + Design, Register here
- Toronto: September 28, 6:00pm, Craft Ontario Craft Education Centre, Register here

If you are interested in attending and want to make sure you do not miss news of upcoming Craft Ontario learning events, sign up for our Craft is Happening email list here.


Autodesk Fusion 360 Workshop
Thursday April 27, 2017
Free for Craft Ontario Members

Craft Ontario Craft Education Centre
1106 Queen Street West

Join us for an introduction to 3D modelling and printing workshop led by Fusion 360 evangelist and product designer, Paul Sohi. By the end of the session you will have designed and 3D modelled a vase which can be 3D printed.

This is a great workshop for those interested in the possibilities of 3D printing.

  • You will need to bring your own laptop with you.
  • You will need a 64 bit laptop to run this class.
  • Please download, install, and register an account (all free!) with Fusion 360 before attending the class.
  • Beer and pizza will be provided

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What is Fusion 360 ?

Fusion 360 is a 3D design package created by Autodesk 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.


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Craft Export Readiness Project 

Take your work to the international level with our tools and courses!

You get inspiration, strategy, keyword awareness, and the ability to act on must-do steps for going international. Check out these resources:

  • Craft Export Readiness Database and Forum
  • Mentor videos
  • E-learning courses and webinars (coming soon)
  • Regional info sessions April - June, 2017

These resources collectively make up the Craft Export Readiness project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Ask about our Craft Ontario Trained Exporter designation and logo-- another way to brand Canadian makers as export ready. 


e-Learning Courses from WorkinCulture

As a Craft Ontario member, you have access to 50% off on WorkinCulture’s eLearning Program courses. WorkinCulture’s eLearning Program answers identified skills needs across Ontario’s creative community. Craft professionals/makers, as well as craft organizations can benefit from these materials. 


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.