The Maker’s Hand receives a makeover at exciting new location

STAYING AT HOME - Michelle Kosoy shows off some of her clay work and husband Pierre Bouchard's glass work at last year's Maker's Hand. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette file photo)





The Maker’s Hand, a juried artisan show and sale, is returning for the 16th year in a row. This year, the show will feature a new look and a new location. The show can be found from November 1st-3rd at the LeHigh Arena in Wellington.

After nearly two decades, The Maker’s Hand has garnered a reputation as being one of the finest shows of its kind in Southeastern Ontario. Originally established as an alternative for those who didn’t want to travel to Toronto for the infamous One of a Kind show and sale, the Ontario Craft Council now considers The Maker’s Hand to be one of the best in the region.

The Maker’s Hand features over 40 artisans working in a variety of mediums. And, this year, there will be over 50 per cent new artisans participating in the show. Participants come from all over Ontario and Quebec.

The show is produced by the Prince Edward County Arts Council and run by volunteers. Chair of The Maker’s Hand, Peta Hall, took some time to speak with the Gazette in preparation for the show.

“We’ve got some really exciting new artisans,” enthused Hall. “Beautiful leather backpacks, up-cycled clothing, recycled automotive and aviation leather pieces, menswear and a fabulous bookmaker who makes her own paper and books.”

Hall added there would an array of intriguing housewares and wearable art, the latter being a big seller in past years.

From more space to better parking and a host of new artisans, Hall describes the show as having been infused with a breath of fresh air.

The Maker’s Hand, featuring an array of goods not commonly found in a single location, has been known to draw crowds of 1,800 people. This year, according to Hall, they are expecting even more.

“Come and get yourself a gift, as well as getting somebody else one,” she implored, genuinely excited for the show.

Tickets, which last for the entire weekend, are $5. Children under 12 can enter for free. Parking is also available at no charge. Friday and Saturday, the doors will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., while Sunday they are open from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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