Devon Berquist John McCarthy Devon Berquist John McCarthy

Halifax Crafters is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization with a mandate to encourage new artists and local art making.

Our membership and board is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers that work to fulfill our mission and vision within the creative community and organize our bi-annual craft markets to best serve our exhibitors.

We are proud to be a part of a vibrant community of independent craft and art markets in the city of Halifax.  We strive to remain a financially accessible market for vendors while staying fresh, seeking out new talent and encouraging new craftspeople to enter the marketplace. We also strive to make the market accessible to the community by offering free admission. In order to maintain a unique and engaging market, all applicants are juried every market by a rotating jury, including a guest juror from outside of the Halifax Crafters membership.

Each year we organize two shows, one in the spring and one before the Christmas holidays. Our carefully curated and unique market is a place where established and emerging Crafters show their work side by side.


To cultivate an accessible environment for craftspeople where their work is valued by providing opportunities to grow, celebrating contemporary handcraft and creating a connection with the community.


To see Halifax flourish as a creative hub where craft is appreciated for both its economic and cultural merit.


Halifax Crafters Society is a community of local artists and crafters. We started in 2004 at the Khyber with twenty Crafters who were looking for a venue to sell their work. Later we moved to the North Street Church in order to include more talented Crafters in the show. In 2009 moved again to our current venue, the Olympic Centre, where we are able to accommodate over eighty Crafters.

In 2011 we introduced the Fresh Catch category as a way to showcase new Crafters and give them experience selling their work at a craft show for the first time. In September 2013 we held our first Pop-Up show in collaboration with Two if By Sea cafe in Dartmouth.


The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Silver) 2018

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Silver) 2017

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2016

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2015

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2014

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2013

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2012



There are many reasons why the Halifax Crafters Winter Market wins [the Best Craft Show] award year after year—the cute flag banners, the CKDU throwback jams, the sweet treats, the one-of-a-kind and stunning handmade creations of all kinds, the smiling faces—it’s a jolly good time whether you’re shopping or not. Good luck with the latter, though, it’s usually an impossible feat.

– The Coast

Heaven is a place on earth

– Instagram user @lindsaymcmullen

2017 Board of Directors

Bethany Riordan-Butterworth

Bethany has been involved with Halifax Crafters Society since 2011, and is excited to be working as Chair of the Board. She is a fan of jokes and drawings and keeping things organized, and looks forward to seeing what lies ahead with Halifax Crafters. Bethany is the brains behind Bread and Butter Pottery, lighthearted functional pottery for daily use.

Megan Archer

Megan is the Creatrix behind Aflame Creations, producing enameled copper jewelry in her shared Dartmouth studio. She loves traveling, learning new languages and obscure musical instruments. After vending at the Halifax Crafters markets since 2012, she recently joined the organization as the Volunteer Coordinator and as a member of the Board.

Therese Bombardier

Therese Bombardier hails from Windsor, Ontario, but makes the Atlantic her home away from home. She is the owner and artist of Therese Bombardier Designs. Her designs are a mix of nostalgic and contemporary, imprinting clay with patterns from antique doilies and lace to incorporate them in her ceramic jewellery and functional housewares. Therese holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University with a focus in photography, ceramics and jewellery. She has been a long-time supporter of the Halifax Crafters Society and has been a volunteer organizer since January 2015 working as the Venue Liaison, as well as, working on the Floor Plan committee and Outreach committee. Therese is delighted to be joining the Board this year.

Marc Comeau

As owner/operator of Old Birch Quality Leather Goods, Marc has been selling functional leather & waxed canvas products at Halifax Crafters shows since 2012 and has been a regular shopper since well before that. Now, as a member of the board and the floor plan committee, Marc hopes to facilitate the organization of shows to come and positively influence the future direction of the society and Halifax’s arts & crafts community as a whole.

Shawnee Gregory

Shawnee is an actor, lawyer and self-proclaimed biggest fan of the Halifax Crafters, a community she discovered in 2008. She has volunteered at the Market in the past and is thrilled to be a member of the Board of Directors. Inspired by the amount of creativity in Nova Scotia, Shawnee endeavours to support emerging and established artists through her work. You’ll find her at our Market taking photos for the Social Media Committee, eating delicious treats and shopping for unique gifts…for herself and others!

Julia Pelton

Julia is passionate about giving back to the community through volunteering. Her past volunteer experiences include sustainable transportation in Halifax, Syrian refugee settlement and enhancing environmental law in Atlantic Canada. Julia is excited to contribute to the Halifax Crafters Society as the treasurer.

Volunteer Organizers

Anne Pryde

Anne Pryde is a professional ceramic artist working out of her home based studio in Hatchet Lake. She shares her life with her partner, daughter and a grumpy old man disguised as a miniature poodle. Anne is a founding member of the Halifax Crafters Society and one of the floor-plan aficionados.

Leigh-Anne Hiltz

Leigh-Anne is an artist, designer & crafter from Dartmouth, NS. Her current venture, La-La Land Handmade is a range of accessories and apparel, hand sewn and printed in her home studio. She loves drawing, chasing her kids around and discovering new makers. Leigh-Anne is new to the Halifax Crafters Community this year and will be helping out with the postering committee and any other tasks needed to make the upcoming show a success.

Anna Taylor

Anna is a craftivist, artist and the owner of Taylor Made Embroidery. Taylor Made draws on the vast history of hand crafted feminism to create items to empower, encourage and softly redefine norms. Anna joined Halifax Crafters in 2011 as treasurer and has since moved into a position as Community Outreach coordinator.

Amy Chandler

Amy is a textile artist who graduated NSCAD University in 2016. Owner of Friday55, Amy works out of her home studio in Dartmouth creating hand embroidered goods including colourful and intricate patches and hoop art. Amy is a long time fan of Halifax Crafters, and is excited to be volunteering on the postering committee!

Evey Hornbeck

Evey Hornbeck is from Ottawa, ON, and has made her home in Halifax since 2008. When she can sit still, her creative pursuits include calligraphy and hand lettering. However, Evey is happiest in the thick of the fun at the semi-annual Halifax Crafters Markets. You’ll find her greeting guests and crafters and keeping things running smoothly as venue liaison, as well as helping with the social media presence. She also volunteers her time as a birth doula.

Sarah Duggan

Sarah is the artist and owner of Sarah Duggan Creative Works. Her watercolor illustrations feature local wildlife and elements of the natural world. She has been selling her prints, cards and paper goods at Halifax Crafters since Spring 2016 and is excited to be joining the Halifax Crafters as a volunteer on the Social Media Committee. Sarah works out of her home studio in Dartmouth, where she lives with her husband Mike, two children Oliver and Lillian and greyhound, Hermes.