THE GUILD SHOP 118 Cumberland, 416-921-1721 www.craft.on.ca Rating: NNNNN
THE GUILD SHOP 118 Cumberland, 416-921-1721 www.craft.on.ca
Since moving to its current Yorkville location in 1995, the Ontario Crafts Council's Guild Shop has been selling its members' ceramic, glass, wood, textile and jewellery pieces in the shell of the luggage shop it replaced. Tonight (Thursday, June 5), the OCC unveils a sleekly renovated space that puts the work of over 300 local artisans and designers centre stage.
From the Toronto area, there's Kayo O'Young, who creates delicate ceramic vessels. Glass-blower Mervi Haapakoski tempers brightly coloured glass into free-form vases. A textile nook at the back of the store includes Tai McPhail's felt figures topped with plumes of wool, Sibylle Hartmann's canvas clutches and Peggy Lampotang Designs' hand-printed silk scarves.
A mezzanine gallery exhibits native Canadian and Inuit art including collectable Cape Dorset prints. The limited-edition works, revealed every fall since 1957, usually highlight natural landscapes and traditional figures, but a special spring release also incorporates more modern themes.
Guild Shop picks: Rudolph Schafron receives regular donations of fallen maple and ash tree trunks that he carves into coveted salad bowls, $125 to $400; Darla Hesse drop-shaped earrings are punctuated with a pair of carnelian stones, $295; Kasumi Lampitoc teapots are glazed in washed-out yellow and grey tones, $180.
Look for: Brad Turner's rocking goblets, which received such a good response at the OCC's Queen West gallery (990 Queen West, 416-925-4222) that they were granted a permanent spot at the boutique.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.