Northeastern Folk Art

pottery, art and ideas from the Atlantic shore

August 10, 2022
by erinmcarthur
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Looking Toward the Far End of Summer

This spring and summer season has been incredible and we’re grateful for all the love!

M and I are taking a break, to renew ourselves with time outside, to enjoy the company of loved ones, and to embrace the all too brief summer. September will bring new directions and fresh energy.

To all of you who like our work enough to buy it, both as wholesale and retail customers, thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s always great to meet you.
Our hearts are glad. ❤️
See you in September….

January 30, 2022
by erinmcarthur
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Hello Again!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated our website, and it’s high time we did! If you’ve kept in touch with us by following along on Instagram or Facebook , thank you! And a great big thank you to the gift shops and individuals who, in the past couple of years, embraced “Shop Local”. It made our hearts glad and your support kept a lot of us makers going.

Heart shaped pins in a soft red lacy pattern and another with a small red heart and  two black lines across a white background.

Winter is a quieter time for us as we prepare for the coming summer season. Re-organizing our shared studio space and creating new products for our wholesale clients and our local St. John’s Farmers’ Market customers to enjoy, we’re staying engaged and making the most of winter in St. John’s. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Blue ceramic ramen bowl, narrow base and flared open rim with semi-cirlse cut in the rim, and chopsticks resting in them.

February 28, 2020
by erinmcarthur

Spring is Around the Corner

It’s a busy time in the studio these days as we prepare for springtime and the coming season of visitors. This weekend is the Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Craft and Gift ware Show.  All the best local producers of craft and gift ware will be in attendance. We attend workshops, enjoy the company of our peers, and meet with potential buyers from galleries and gift shops around the province and beyond to place orders for the coming season as we all anticipate spring and the warmer weather to come.

We’re in a new studio space!

Since January, we’ve been working in our new shared studio at the HUB. We’re delighted to be sharing a great big studio with our friends Maaike & Jason of Clay Unlimited Possibilities (CUP for short). Expect to see new products appearing soon.

January 16, 2017
by erinmcarthur

A Fresh New Year

Thanks to everyone who came out to the craft fairs, teas, sales and farmers’ markets leading up to the holiday season! We craftspeople, artists and other makers appreciate that you chose to buy local.giftos


We’re busy in the studio, designing, making and getting ready for the coming wholesale giftware season and it has us dreaming about when the warmer days eventually bloom.


Until then, you’ll find us in the coming weeks at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market, and at Some Good Market Comes to Town.

As well, we’re at Quidi Vidi Plantation most days; winter hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 – 5.

October 19, 2016
by erinmcarthur

Coming Events

The season of craft fairs, teas and sales is almost upon us! We hope you can join us at some of the lovely events that welcome the coming winter season. Handmade, local, delicious, and inspiring, here are some of the spots where you’ll see us this season:


Sunday, November 6th, 2016 from 11 am – 5 pm

In Support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – the sweetest fair in town!

Rocket Bakery, on the 3rd Floor – 272 Water Street, St. John’s

Admission: $2, children 12 and under – free

Sweet little house by Gingerly

Sweet little house by Gingerly



Wednesday, November 9th from 4 pm until Sunday, November 13th, 2016

The biggest and best craft fair in the province!

At the Jack Byrne Arena, just 2 km past Stavanger Drive on Torbay Road

Admission: $5, children under 12 – free


Saturday, November 26th from 10 am – 4 pm

At Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, 10 Maple View Drive, St. John’s

The Freels will be playing 12:30 until 1:30pm.
Come enjoy a warm holiday atmosphere, music, laughter, and fine craft. Perfect for gift-giving time.


Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 from 10 am – 4 pm

At Canonwood Hall, St. Thomas Anglican Church, 8 Military Road, St. John’s

Some good fun! All kinds of goodies and lovely handmade items.

Admission: free with donation to the Community Food Sharing Association


Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11th

At the Anna Templeton Centre, 278 Duckworth Street, St. John’s

A holiday tradition – nothing says Christmas like a visit to this delightful tea and sale.t-sale-insert-front-2016

Admission: $2, children under 12 – free


Saturday, December 17th, 2016 from 9 am – 2 pm

The final Farmers’ Market until next spring! Home grown goodness at the Lions Club Chalet, off Bonaventure Ave in St. John’s


July 31, 2016
by erinmcarthur

Summer Times

It’s the height of summer here on the island of Newfoundland. Wild roses bloom and everything is flourishes under an endless blue sky.


Lupins, roses and other beauties.

With summer, comes visitors and you’ll find us engaging with them at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation , demonstrating and, it’s hoped, selling pottery. Erin will maintain a studio space at “the Plant” until end of 2016, where she’s currently senior craftsperson/mentor to the other emerging artists who occupy the beautiful building in magical Quidi Vidi Village.


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Small $20 pot and a pair of barnacle clams.

Drop by, if you’re in the area! Hours at Quidi Vidi are 11-5, Tuesday to Saturday, and 11:30-4 on Sundays. Closed Mondays.


Whale Tail – Raku-fired pottery $30

October 18, 2015
by erinmcarthur

Autumn’s here and Craft Fair Season isn’t far behind!

We’re busy in our usual studio, and at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation space, getting ready for that season. Christmas is never far away in any craftsperson’s world, and we’re no exception.

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NOVEMBER 1st –  Pink Days in Bloom -“Little Christmas Fair”. It’s a sweet fair that happens at Rocket Bakery in St. John’s; in addition to being a good time, it raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Division.  Drop in for a visit!

NOVEMBER 7thSt. John’s Farmers’ Market at the Lion’s Club off Allandale.    Drop in for gorgeous local produce and other treats to bring home.

NOVEMBER 11th – NOVEMBER 15th  –  The 42nd Annual Craft Council of NL Christmas Craft Fair at the Jack Byrne Arena *great new location!*              This is THE craft fair to get to, if you love well-made things. It’s our 14th year at the Craft Fair, and we too, get a lot of Christmas shopping done here!

NOVEMBER 28thChristmas Fun at Quidi Vidi     Christmas arrives in Quidi Vidi; a lovely day of food, socializing and crafts from the emerging craftspeople of the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation and other local craftspeople.

DECEMBER 11th – 13th The Anna Templeton Tea and Sale    Our favourite sale of the year; all kinds of delicious baking, lunch; the Christmas season really begins here for us.

DECEMBER 19th –  St. John’s Farmers’ Market      The last market of the season! Always a good time – all kinds of good things to eat and take home, some last minute gifts and a lot of good cheer.




April 24, 2015
by erinmcarthur

Visit us this Saturday at Some Good Market!

Saturday, April 25th from 10 am until 4 pm, we’ll be at Some Good Market in St. Thomas’ Church Hall on Military Road. It’s always a great craft/food market, filled with beauty and deliciousness. Everything is made, built, baked, sewn, knitted or somehow created by people who live right here.


Visiting Some Good Market in St. John’s

We hope you’ll drop in for a visit! And bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

There’s always something good to eat, and plenty of gift ideas for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or the coming wedding season.  Or just treat yourself to something sweet.

Whale Tails in Sapphire

Whale Tails in Sapphire

March 19, 2015
by erinmcarthur

Northeastern Folk Art’s fresh new look for spring.

There’s a lot of snow on the ground in Newfoundland, but spring is just around the corner. For many of us craftspeople who sell work to shops, it’s a busy time. This weekend is the Provincial Wholesale Craft Show, where we meet with buyers from around Newfoundland & Labrador to take orders for the coming summer season. It’s social as well as work, since most of us work in relative solitude and welcome the chance to see what everyone’s been doing.

The weather has made outdoor firing a next to impossible task, but luckily we have enough inventory of samples to entice buyers into our booth.

Until warmer times, here’s a picture of spring in Terra Nova; it will come eventually.

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Khalil Gibran