Craft Ontario publishes Craftflash e-newsletter every month for our members. As an opportunity-focused publication, Craftflash provides Craft Ontario members with up-to-date calls for entries, promotional and professional development opportunities, information on funding application deadlines, exhibitions, events, and more!

To subscribe, become a member today!

Already a member? Your membership automatically signs you up to receive Craftflash. 

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Submit to Craftflash

Your memberships makes you eligible to submit content to Craftflash every month! Have a show that you would like to promote? Looking for studiomates? Have an opportunity that you would like to share? Email us your content (a 50 word maximum). 

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Tech Tools
Chase Paymentech Format Autodesk Fusion 360 Citizens of Craft Staples


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

Login to learn how to access these benefits!


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 Staples Business Discount

Craft Ontario has partnered with with Staples to offer you an exclusive 20% discount on all your Print & Marketing needs.

Getting started is easy. Bring this letter and your Craft Ontario membership card to your local Staples store and ask a Certified Print Pro to enrol you in the Business Discount Program. The 10-digit membership number assigned to you will be set up to receive your special Craft Ontario pricing in 2-3 business days.

More Information


Get exclusive savings on a wide variety of Services including:

  • Custom graphic design
  • Full-colour printing
  • Black and white printing
  • Posters and banners
  • Finishing services


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Citizens of Craft

Citizens of Craft is a unique national online tool that allows your work to be accessed by clients, tourists and supporters internationally. As a cross-Canada locator, you can create a profile as a Craft Ontario member, and ensure that your work is promoted to a broad audience.

Citizens of Craft is a national project, delivered in participation with the provincial and territorial craft councils of Canada, and 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 a diverse public.

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

Profile Webinar Create a Profile

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


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AUTODESK Fusion 360

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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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 Tech Tools section of your My Account side bar. 


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Canadian Craft Biennial
August 19, 2017 to October 29, 2017

The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is proud to present the first Canadian Craft Biennial from August 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017. The launch of this inaugural event during Canada’s 150th anniversary will serve as a spotlight to celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future. Under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can! the Biennial will explore what and who is ‘Canadian Craft’?

Biennial Call for Entry Banner

Exhibitions: August 19 – October 29, 2017
International Ceramic Exhibition: Anton Reijnders

Biennial Opening Celebrations: Friday September 15, 2017, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Lee-Chin Family Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington

Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders will present his new work in a solo exhibition.

National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!

Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! will present works in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre that address three subthemes exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.

Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition

Craft Ontario’s Nothing is Newer than Tradition will present the work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials. The exhibition will explore how craft materials, tools and processes are creatively reiterated through the hands of a new generation of makers.

Craft Biennial Residencies

Six makers and six writers/scholars from a range of material disciplines will spend ten days discussing and making in a creative national incubator. Makers will provide innovative and exciting possibilities for moving the conversation outside academic discourse and encourage public engagement with issues of tradition and innovation, vernacular and global, hand-made and high-tech. Writers will engage in the discussion to explore new ideas and challenge current craft discourse.

Makers Residency
  • Teresa Burrows
  • Joon Hee Kim
  • Maja Padrov
  • Mia Riley
  • Anne Steves
  • Carolyn Young
Writers Residency
  • Mary Callahan Baumstark
  • Terri Fidelak
  • Julia Krueger
  • Andrew Rabyniuk
  • Sarah Swan
  • Katrina Tompkins
Can Craft? Craft Can! Craft Symposium
Friday September 15, Holiday Inn, Burlington
Saturday September 16, OCAD University, Toronto

Eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches, will be presented by forty-four scholars and makers from around the world.

Symposium Details and Registration

To read more about the featured speakers, please download the full schedule and brochure below.

Full Symposium Schedule



CO Space
Community Events   Workshops + Talks


CO Space is a multi-purpose venue dedicated to providing a space for Craft Ontario members and the public to learn, create, discover, and build community.

It is an open-concept space that can host exhibitions, installations, workshops, presentations and meetings. With 24 x 14 ft of floor space and two walls, CO Space can accomodate up to 40 people theatre-style, or up to 20 set up at tables. Have an idea? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the booking inquiry date below. 


CO SPACE available dates 2019



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Workshops + Talks

Our workshop program offers members vital professional development opportunities that seek to help you grow your entrepreneurial endeavours and succeed in the craft industry, locally, nationally, and abroad.

Coming soon: Check back for our list of 2018 creative and professional development programs!

Past workshops

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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.