Workshops

Renato Foti
FEATURED MEMBER

Artist mainly in Fused & Bent glass for large scale installations.I also work on some new mixed media sculpture using glass & other materials.

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WORKSHOPS

Craft Ontario workshops are for craft professionals who want to strengthen their practice as creative entrepreneurs. Ranging from business skills to branding and marketing, Craft Ontario works to partner with experts in the field in order to connect members with information and guidance that helps get them to the next step.

COMING UP

LEARN HOW TO FUND YOUR CRAFT AND DESIGN PROJECTS

Monday, September 9, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Gladstone Hotel - Melody Bar
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

Join the Ontario Arts Council, DesignTO, and Craft Ontario to learn how to apply to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to fund your craft & design project!

Looking for support to develop a new prototype? Want to take some time away from production work to pursue a new idea? Wondering how to fund your participation in a master class, residency, exhibition or conference?

DesignTO and Craft Ontario have joined forces with the OAC to bring you an evening of information to get your project from concept to reality.

Join us at the Gladstone Hotel on September 9 to find out all about the OAC’s Craft Projects grant program. Following a presentation, there will be an informal opportunity to meet and chat with past Craft Projects grant recipients and jurors.

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For those unable to attend, Craft Ontario and OAC will host a webinar in later in September – date to be announced. Stay tuned.

 

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The Ontario Arts Council was established in 1963 to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

Thank you to the Gladstone Hotel for their support of this event!

 

PAST WORKSHOPS

MAKING IT WORK: Defining Business Goals and Individual Success for Professional Crafts People

Presented by Gillian E. Batcher

Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17 2019

Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen St. West
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

In this informative, personalized, and productive two-day workshop you will define your business goals with achievable markers at the 1, 3 and 5 year stages. Gillian Batcher from PASH Jewellery Design will teach you strategies to move from goal to reality.

Through fun, skill building exercises, you will learn how to promote two very different yet equally important areas– yourself and your work. Come away from this workshop with a complete set of business tools – an elevator pitch, a promotional plan for your creative business, the know-how to price your work, and a clear pathway through the murky waters of social media and online promotion.

Gillian will help you strategize and manage your expectations and empower you to build your passion and skills into a viable and marketable business.

Gillian E. Batcher owns Jewel Envy, a collaborative jewellery studio located in the west end of Toronto where she designs and makes jewellery marketed under the label PASH Jewellery Design. Her studio is multi-purpose with a retail front, workspace for trained goldsmiths, and teaching facilities for the public. The space has a focus on creating community with a supportive infrastructure of mentorship and business guidance. She has written business curriculum and taught at OCAD University and George Brown College.


MERCHANDISING AND VISUAL MARKETING

Thursday April 27
6-9pm
Free for Craft Ontario Members

 

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Join us for a 2-hour merchandising and visual marketing intensive led by Danielle Suppa, Owner and Creative Director of Souvenir Studios. Since opening her store in 2015, Danielle has received countless accolades for her fresh and unique take on the creative direction of her retail-gallery space in Toronto's west-end.

Merchandising is an essential skill when selling your work, whether your marketing through your website, social media, a lookbook, or a tradebooth.  If you're interested in an introduction to merchandising, looking for guidance, or simply seeking fresh ideas and inspiration to display your work, Danielle is here to help. Over the course of this workshop, she will share helpful tips, strategies, and insights into thinking about merchandising and visual marketing to help your work stand-out, reach your target customer, and sell your product.

The evening will include hands-on activities, collaborative group discussion, and an informative presentation. 

 

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.