Friday, December 7, 2012

We're Makin' a List...Check it Out!

Shop hours at Textures are extended NOW through Dec. 23rd:
  • Mon. - Fri.: 9:30 am to 9 p.m.
  • Sat.: 9:30 am to 6 p.m.
  • Sun.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Snowflakes are in the air-- and that means it’s holiday shopping time!

To help you out, here is a selection of locally hand-crafted gifts from our artisan members at Textures.  Gifts to please anyone on your list:

-silver wire necklaces & earrings
-painted leather bracelets & earrings

-really cute snowman pottery mugs

-pure local honey in many flavours

-fabric flower bouquets

-cuddly, washable baby blankets

-new colours in hand-blown glass spider balls

-handrolled or molded beeswax candles

-scarves---silk, curly, felted, knit  (the forecast is for a cold, snowy winter, so a really nice scarf would be great!)
-Christmas stockings made from vintage fabrics

-a great selection of ornaments in all media

-stoneware or porcelain serving bowls for a lovely table

-thrum mitts, hand-knit socks and slippers

-kitty clocks-- photo or cyber

-travel journals and turned wood pens
-raku pendants, a real fashion statement

-cutting boards for the chefs

-knitted flying cats for kids or adults

-matted photos of local beauty sites by the Greenbelt Guy

-colourful fused glass salad bowls and servers (gorgeous)
-simple, elegant pictures from stones or buttons

-original stained glass window pieces, large or small

-hand-turned wood salad bowl

-a great selection of original cards suitable for $ gifts or framing

-sock monkey hockey stars
And if you just can’t decide, we offer gift certificates!

Artisan Profile:  June Barber

June Barber was already a dynamic world traveler before joining Textures in 1986.  The Wadena, Saskatchewan farm girl’s nursing career took her to Saskatoon, then London, England where she and her high school sweetheart, Doug, pursued post-graduate educations, before settling in Dundas and raising four children. 

While practicing nursing, nurturing her young family, and assisting her husband as he co-founded Gennum Corporation, June’s desire for learning and self improvement led her to take up ceramics and become a potter.  Her simple style and perfect technique evokes Japanese elegance, and has brought her renown.  Through this passion, June came to Textures. 

As one of three volunteer “Core Members” who oversee the operations of Textures Craftworks, June holds the essential position of Shop Manager and shows a personal commitment to quality in all aspects of the business.  Dedicated to the success of Textures, June consistently shows a positive customer focus and natural leadership.

June’s professionalism shows through her active listening, effective and appropriate communications, and good role modeling for other members. A valuable resource to our customers, June shares her vast knowledge of creative materials and processes to help them make the best purchase decisions based on their requirements. 

June’s extensive travels gave her an appreciation of the graciousness and politeness found in typical Japanese and British shops as she searched for authentic local arts and crafts, and she brings these qualities home to Hamilton, where she welcomes the world to Textures!

Emerald Green named as
Pantone's colour for 2013

"It celebrates new life...and speaks of optimism for the future".

 Keep an eye out for more emerald green items to pop up in the coming year!