Crafting New Traditions

Canadian Innovators and Influences

Edited by Melanie Egan, Alan C. Elder & Jean Johnson
Categories: Art
Series: Mercury Series
Publisher: Canadian Museum of History
Paperback : 9780660197845, 136 pages, November 2008


Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators and Influences brings together the work of 11 historians and craftspeople to address the two questions of ?ho has influenced the recent history of Canadian studio craft??and ?ho will be considered as the ?ioneers?of Canadian craft in the future??

Planned in conjunction with a symposium of the same name at Harbourfront Centre, this publication provides examinations of those innovators who have influenced five craft fields: ceramics, glass, metal, textiles, and wood. Crafting New Traditions also includes five essays that look at recent leading-edge activity in the crafts.

Canadian crafts are part of our material culture; and it is through our material culture that we can understand the world around us and the worlds of the past. This publication, planned in collaboration with a symposium at Harbourfront Centre in February 2008, recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian craftspeople.

Melanie Egan is Head of the Craft Department at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Alan C. Elder is the Curator of Canadian Craft and Design at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. Jean Johnson, C. M. is Manager of Special Craft Initiatives at Harbourfront Centre.

Contributors: Beth Alber, Sandra Alfoldy, Anne Barros, Melanie Egan, Alan C. Elder, Sandra Flood, Rachel Gotlieb, Susan Jefferies, Jean Johnson, Patty Johnson, Julia Krueger, Dorie Millerson, and Carolyn Prowse-Fainmel


The time is ripe for well-researched and eloquent discourse on the crafts, and Crafting New Traditions… begins to move outside our comfort zone.

- Museum Anthropology Review