In Art & Design | By Valerie Howes | November 18, 2021
Meet the Artists and Artisans of Fogo Island
Fogo Island is an inspiring places for artists, with its wild landscapes and the rich colour palette of its ever-changing natural world. There are long traditions of artisanship here too, with skills such as boatbuilding, carpentry, furniture making, knitting, quilting, and rug hooking being passed through generations. Across the island there are many opportunities to visit studios, craft stores, and workshops to see local makers and artists at work, get hands on, and pick up meaningful keepsakes. Here are some Fogo Island destinations, open to visitors, for arts and craft lovers:
Fogo Clay Studio
Master potter Sarah Fulford gives classes and creates ceramics, glazed in colours inspired by nature's palette on Fogo Island, which can be purchased at the studio. Try a "Shed Nights on the Wheel" class to meet Fogo Islanders and try pottery for yourself in a fun ambiance, or book a private class through our Experiences team at the Inn.
The Lookout (no website) is a charming craft store brimming with knitted items such as socks, toques, and trigger mittens, as well as quilts, shopping bags made from repurposed fishing nets, and all kinds of handmade souvenirs. It sits by the lookout point at the foot of Fogo Head.
Tilting (From 2022)
Winds and Waves Artisans Guild
Moving to Tilting Fire Station from their Centre Island location, the Winds and Waves Artisan Guild is a long-established group of artisans from Fogo Island and neighbouring Changes Islands. You can meet the makers and find textile pieces to treasure in their store, from soft toys to quilts to handmade handbags.
Fogo Island Workshops
Meet the team behind the furniture at Fogo Island Inn (and now a new contemporary line of household objects and furniture)! You can take Workshop tours, at the SUF Building a short walk from the Inn, to speak with the makers creating wooden pieces and watch them in action. Afterwards, browse their wares and the Workshops' textiles offerings at the Orange Lodge, a restored heritage building just across the road. Some hands-on workshops to make things with wood are offered too.
Joe Batt's Arm
Mona's Quilt & Gift Shop
Whether you're looking for hooked rugs, knitted baby clothes, quilts, or preserves, you'll find it all at Mona's. Bonus: You can visit Hart House Museum in the same building and see objects and artefacts that tell stories of Fogo Island's past.
Fogo Island Woodworks
At this tiny store/workshop, young woodworker Kevin Coffin (still in high school) makes and sells his wares. Kevin is best known for his salt-cod wooden chopping boards and hand-carved Newfoundland benches with quilted tops.
Inspired by the stark beauty of the landscapes and architecture in Newfoundland, painter Adam Young creates vibrant and whimsical works. You can talk with the artist and buy prints, cards, and originals in his studio store. He also co-authored a children's book (The Red Shed), with wife Jen Young, that is a delight dip into the worlds of art, outport Newfoundland, and the imagination for young kids.
Herring Cove Art Gallery and Studio
Quilter Linda Osmond and painter and carpenter Winston Osmond are a creative husband-wife duo. Find everything from upcycled plaid quilts to tiny patchwork quilts for the Christmas tree to reusable fabric bags created by Linda. And Winston takes inspiration in his art from nature, fishing, and the landscapes of his island home. He handcrafts items such as tiny saltbox houses and mussel-shell puffins. Both also sell an array of their own jams and pickles.
Fogo Island Metalworks
Watch sparks fly as blacksmith Marc Fiset is at work, creating metal pieces, often inspired by the wildlife of Fogo Island. Whether you're looking for plant and door hooks, a fire pit, or a moose antler door knocker, you'll find the perfect metal piece to take home. If you're visiting in summer, you may be lucky enough to catch Marc working day and night outside at his Burning Rock event, working on a giant sculptural piece such as the 19-ft "fishasaurus" he created with St John's blacksmith Ian Gillies this past year.
Bruce Pashak's Studio
Inn guests can speak with our Experiences team to book a studio visit and art workshop, by appointment, with Bruce Pashak, a multidisciplinary artist who uses a technique known as transitional painting. Please book at least a day in advance, or prior to your stay, to ensure a spot.