Featured Artists

Mary Philpott – Verdant Tile

Mary Philpott is a graduate Sheridan College, University of Guelph and MacMaster University. Her pottery, sculpture and tile work has been exhibited, collected and published internationally. She lives and works in Uxbridge, Ontario. Mary’s work is inspired by the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Her work reflects the Flora and […]

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Rosebank Studios

The sculptor behind Rosebank studios was Peter Buerschaper.  Peter is known for being a wildlife artist, drawing, painting, graphic design,  and was an art department head and curator at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Peter traveled the world acquiring items for the museum. His travels also inspired the sculptor in him. After his retirement he began […]

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Cindy & Kevin Hope – Crosswind Farm

Building on a long family tradition of farming, buoyed by years of practical experience in the dairy industry (Kevin) and years of operations and marketing experience (Cindy), it was a natural choice to start their own family farm operation; a dairy goat farm just 15 minutes east of Peterborough, in Keene, Ontario. In 2006 the […]

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Andrew Wingrove – Bee by the Sea

Bee By The Sea Natural Products was founded in 2008 by Andrew Wingrove, in Ontario, Canada. Their story is unique because the product concept did not originate from either a chemist’s lab or from cosmeticians.  Their products exist today because of a chance discovery of an herb – Sea Buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) that Andrew encountered […]

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Tanya Fowlds – Practical design cooling ties

Established in 1998, Tanya Fowlds has established a very successful business in B.C.   Here slogan is “Practical Design – Home of the original Heat Guard Cooling Tie. Manufacturing personal cooling products for people and pets since 1998!”   These cooling ties are soaked in water for 20-30 minutes. During that time the special crystals […]

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Reclaimed Print

Reclaimed Print is committed to offering quality artworks & home decor products using locally sourced & sustainable wood. They are proud to be 100% Canadian designed and made. We carry their wooden coasters with images of a fisherman, a hockey player, a lumberjack and a lumberjill. We have also had some custom images made into […]

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Dogwood Letterpress – Lisa and Sean

Dogwood Letterpress is located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. They create their greet card designs with real people in mind, and with the intention of inspiring people to connect with friends, colleagues and loved ones with hand-written notes. Vintage letterpress printing is hand-fed, one by one. They use a combination of hand-carved linocuts, photopolymer plates, […]

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Richard Mund – Potter

For the past 22 years Richard Munds focus has been on making decorated functional pottery.  When he is creating, he tries to make the surface feel fresh and rich in colour.  His pieces are intended to be used in a domestic environment so he keep forms generally simple while being considerate of weight, attention to […]

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Wendy Tancock – Illustrator

Wendy Tancock is an award winning graphic designer living in Toronto. She thinks it’s time to celebrate Canada…. from the province of Saskatchewan; *easiest province to draw* to The Canadian Flag; *hardest flag to draw*. She’s always on the lookout for new Canadian heroes and retro diners. At The Avant-Garden Shop, we have a number […]

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Sherri Friesman – Bullfrog studio

Sherri Friesman – Artist Statement My art is a creative expression of my love of nature and wildlife and is my attempt to share with others the beauty I observe.  Drawing and painting increases my appreciation for the wild creatures and spaces that are all around us but that often go unseen.  I get great […]

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Jim and Lynn Dawe – Murals in Metal

Art has always been a passion for Jim Dawe, but he says he never did anything with his talent or drawings and had actually trained to be a sheet metal worker instead. Until one day, Jim and his wife Lynn decided to combine the two and started Murals in Metal in their backyard. The business […]

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Christine McGrath – Bibelot design

Bibelot Design Studio was started in 1994 by Christine McGrath and her husband Reid Maltby. They began by designing jewelry, but since have evolved into creating a line of fresh, modern home accents using glass, textiles and wood veneer. Each piece is handcrafted from start to finish with great attention to detail..  There are so many steps […]

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Jerrod Pinder & Trevor Husband – Ruggid Coast

Ruggid Coast is a company located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. They specialize in the design and manufacture of  West coast and First Nations metal artwork.  This metal artwork is found in many galleries, and gift shops in North America. All products are 100% made in Canada. Ruggid coast originally started with an […]

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Gary Cowie – Animal House Creations

Animal House Creations is the business of woodworker and outdoor enthusiast Gary Cowie. Gary has developed shelter designs for cavity nesting animals, including bats, bees, bluebirds, butterflies, owls, and eastern grey squirrels. Gary has sold his hand-crafted houses at The Avant Garden Shop since 2012. They are a big hit! The construction of Gary’s products […]

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Nawal Motawi – Motawi Tileworks

Nawal Motawi is the founder and principal designer of Motawi Tileworks of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  With her team of designers and craftspeople she created hand-made, historically-informed art tile for distinctive installations and as art pieces. Motawi Tileworks was started in 1992. After Nawal studied ceramics and figure sculpture in art school, she took a job […]

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Marie-Joel Turgeon & Jordan Lentink, potters

Hand-made clay bird baths From the artist: “The first time I touched clay was at the age of 15. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in fine arts, I realized that my passion for this medium was still strong. Now living in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec, I create decorative pieces and dishware inspired by […]

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Susan Robertson – Susan Robertson pottery

Not surprisingly, Susan Robertson pottery was established by Susan Robertson. While it started as a hobby, her love of clay soon caused her to quit her job and pursue pottery full time. To meet the ever- expanding demand for her work, the studio was moved to a new, larger location in the fall of 2002. […]

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J. P. Schoss & Brenda Tucker – Dog Bite Steel

I use recycled materials for a number of reasons. First, it is our responsibility to contribute to this world in as many ways as possible. Garbage is a great place to start. Oil tanks are costly to cut up and recycle so the scrap yards don’t want them. I began using oil tanks, water tanks […]

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Terry Craig & Jennifer Wanless-Craig – Artech Glass

    In the time of the Renaissance, artists had to be practical and versatile.  They had to make things people really used.  That’s what Jenn and Terry do at Artech Studios.  They make art that people can really use.  Funny, practical and all made by hand.  . Artech is a traditional glassblowing studio nestled […]

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Basic Spirit – Pewter (Nova Scotia)

At Basic Spirit they love to design and create products that touch the heart and delight the spirit. All of their pewter is handcrafted in their seaside studio in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada. They use the highest quality pewter alloys available and are privileged to sell our products through many of the finest handcraft galleries […]

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Barbara Taylor-Earthworks pottery

Barbara Taylor is the creator at Earthworks Pottery in Burlington. Barbara specializes in non-glazed clay products for the home. Old techniques made new again! These clay wine cups are the perfect way to smooth a young wine or to bring out the best in a well aged wine! The inside of the wine cup is […]

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Ruth & Grant Robinson – Watson Pewter

Watson Pewter began in Peterborough in 1972 by Marjorie & Gordon Watson. For many years the Watson?s had a beautiful shop in downtown Peterborough, but after deciding to retire in 1998 they closed the shop. At that time their daughter Ruth and her husband Grant took over the business and have been running it from […]

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Les Kadar & Jan Liggett – Garden Gate

Garden Gate is a family owned and operated manufacturer and designer of Ornamental Cast Stone products. The company now more than 40 years old has attained a reputation for having consistently supplied a quality product, which has stood the test of time. Since being purchased by Jan and Les over 20 years ago, all products […]

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Nick Butts – Madoc Rocks and Samantha Butts – Quarry Cut Designs

This family-owned Madoc, Ontario business evolved from Rick Butts interest in nature and rocks, and a background in artistic expression. The unique patterns and colours in the rock are indications of the mineral diversity of the area, which is at the edge of the Canadian Shield. With beauty and art in the rocks, these original […]

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Wendy Stanwick – A Slice of the North

Wendy Stanwick – A Slice of the North Jewelry A Slice of the North was conceived and created by Wendy Stanwick. Using the natural materials found in and around the tiny town of Matachewan, Ontario. Wendy has created a unique, made in Canada-of Canada mini work of Art. The local prospectors and miners provide her […]

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Peter Baker – Island Winds, Prince Edward Island

For a guy who does not claim to be very musical, Peter Baker has managed to bring a lot of music into people’s lives. For the last 20 years, Peter has been making wind chimes at his studio situated atop the hills of South Granville – one of the windiest locations on Prince Edward Island. […]

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Ron Stephens – Rustic Sculpture

Ron Stephens, reduction stoneware potter, painter and sheet metal sculpture, was born in Kitchener, Ontario. At high school, he took a potters course. The craft came naturally to him. After graduation, Ron hitch-hiked west in the late 70’s and found work in a pottery supply house in Calgary, Alberta. In 1983 he started his own […]

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Daniel and Jodi Maxwell – Maxwell Pottery

In 1991 Daniel and Jodi Maxwell returned home to Northern Ontario and started their family pottery business. Daniel’s creative talent produces their contemporary designs while Jodi’s organizational skills manages the business. Daniel attributes his pride of craftsmanship and tasteful use of colour to having studied and worked at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design […]

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Jon and Heather Zondervan – Metallic Evolution

As the name implies, this small progressive company near Guelph, Ontario, is part of the changing face of metal art. Based on the philosophy of minimalism, the work has a distinctive style, featuring clean lines, and, in the case of the indoor designs, a consistant ground metal finish. Founders John and Heather Zondervan come from […]

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Jack Willoughby – Anvil Island

Jack Willoughby was born in Newport News, Virginia, spent part of his youth in California and now lives on Vancouver Island where the ocean beaches give him much of his inspiration. Jack’s career as an artist began in steel working, then teaching metal work at a Vancouver College, where the freedom to create his own […]

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Floyd Elzinga – Artifice

Floyd Elzinga, from Beamsville, Ontario is primarily inspired by the natural world and frequently uses it to reference aspects of agriculture, politics and religion. In his work, he is drawn to highlight, explore and create objects and ideas that embody polar opposites and as a result, a strong dualist theme is present in his work. […]

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