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Classes are still on hold, but we are planning for their return in September.
Curbside pickup continues for Online purchases from the
Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP). 


Please watch our Website and/or Facebook page for updates related to Covid-safe events.  

In this issue:

1.  Online Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP)
2.  Job Posting - Canada Summer Jobs
3.  Member Volunteers
4.  Committee Call 
5.  Selling in the AMP
6.  Did you know?
7.  Member Inspiration
8.  Class Information
9.  ACP Membership
10. Comments and Information & Our Sponsors

Online Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP)
Looking for that perfect wedding gift?  Want to celebrate a graduation?  The Artisans Market Peterborough (AMP) has numerous, locally made,  beautiful, hand-crafted gift ideas. 

Curbside pickup is available.

Click here to be taken directly to the market
Canada Summer Jobs
Great news! Once again, the ACP has been granted funding to hire a Youth (aged 18-30) for several weeks over the summer. This person will assist in promotion of the ACP, its online and in-house galleries, classes, workshops and shows/sales. The youth will be responsible for the reception area, providing information to potential members and participants. As well, the youth will work with instructors to prepare and implement classes, workshops and events for children, youth, families and seniors. This job has been posted  as a Leisure Administrator on
The ACP is grateful to the Federal Government of Canada for this opportunity.
ACP Honors our Volunteers

How I got involved with ACP:
Douglas Schalin
   Leslie Gifford Cook

Call for Committee Members!!
We have a couple of options for this month.  If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Gillian at

 Members and Volunteers Committee!

Tasks include but are not limited to –

  • Increase member and volunteer capacity;
  • Encourage involvement of other artisan groups and guilds in the county, etc.;
  • Prepare training and evaluation tools, handbooks etc.

   Grants and Fundraising Committee!

 Tasks include but are not limited to - 
  • Research and write grant applications;
  • Seek funding opportunities;
  • Research and approach sponsors;
  • Write up brief proposals for the Board of Directors;
  • Develop ideas and plans for fundraising events;
  • Plan and hold events in collaboration with Marketing and Sales Committee
  • Create and share fundraising plan with Board. Review plan annually
If you are interested in volunteering with the ACP, please email or speak to a Board Member.
We would love to have you on our team!
Attention Artisans                 ARTISANS MARKET PETERBOROUGH (AMP)
Artisans, did you know the ACP offers an online gift shop filled with quality items for sale to the public?  All ACP member artisans, independents and founding guilds, are invited to sell their handcrafted items in the ARTISANS MARKET PETERBOROUGH (AMP).    The ACP will post your items on the website, advertise, handle payments, wrap and provide a pick-up location. Get all the details and apply now to sell your fine artisan crafts by applying through

As a not-for-profit organization, Artisans Centre Peterborough (ACP) depends primarily on Class fees, Sales commissions, Grants, Donations and Rent of the Space/Equipment to operate.
Advantage for Artisans to Sell through the Artisans Centre Peterborough:
  • ACP will manage the online store, website and payment process for you
  • ACP provides both physical and website store (Artisans Market Peterborough-AMP),
  • ACP provides a pickup location for your privacy
  • ACP pays for shipping if the sale is to someone out of the local area
  • You get the benefit of the advertising connections of the ACP (Social Media, Local Newspaper, Mall Traffic (after Covid), etc. 


Did you know?

The Artisans Centre Peterborough could be just the beginning of a much bigger home for artists of all kinds.  Currently the organization is made up of the Gourders, Weavers and Spinners, Woodturners and Potters and shares space with the Creating Space group.  Talks continue with respect to becoming part of an even larger artist community.  Other cities have creativity centres, why not Peterborough?  For example, Kingston has the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

This centre, a beautiful, heritage building on the shores of Lake Ontario is a charitable organization that is home to a number of arts organizations and also offers a Rehearsal Hall, Activity Rooms and a Cafe.  Just think what we could do with a facility like that here in Peterborough.
Member Inspiration
While classes are on hold, you can still get inspiration from Guild members.

Kawartha Woodturners Guild - Facebook Show and Tell
Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild Website and Facebook Page

 Covid precautions keep our classes on hold, but we'll expect to be back in full swing in September with safety protocols in place.
Please watch the Website for Updates.

Gourd Art Studio Time and Classes

Visit for details and to register online when it is safe to do so.

This is a great project for someone who doesn’t work with gourds but would like to try. The technique can be used on other surfaces as well. Learn to use a Kiska pen similar to a Pysanki pen to make wax resist designs on gourd. Wax resist is best for line or silhouette designs. You will choose your own colour of dye or stain. The wax will provide the final finish on the gourd. 
Watch for this when we return in the fall.
Please keep an eye on the Website for dates and registration details.                      


Woodturning Classes

Visit for details regarding registration in classes when they resume.
 Basic Woodturning
This class covers the safe operation of a lathe including appropriate personal safety protection and sharpening techniques for turning tools.  It covers techniques for turning spindles, both simple and complex, basic bowl and basic platter over the four nights.

Sharpening Woodturning Tools
This class covers the use of the One Way Wolverine system for sharpening woodturning tools.  Included is the use of the Varigrind attachment for gouges and the skew attachment.  Students are encouraged to bring their own woodturning tools to sharpen in the class.  
Basic Pen Turning 
This class covers the basics of turning pens from wood, including blank preparation, turning basics, finishing and assembly.  Pens will include a standard Slimline pen and possible variations on the Slimline.  Students take home two completed pens.

Also, keep an eye out for Natural Edge Bowl and Peppermill classes.

Fibre Classes

Click here to see dates/times for 2021 classes, when they can resume safely.
Kool-Aid Dyeing; Blending Fibre Processing; 
Beginning Spinning; Felted Critter; 
Weaving; Zig-Zag Weaving; 
Triangle Shawl; Knitting in Handspun

Felted Critters - Watch for it...

This class is designed for beginners wanting to try needle felting.
Come out for loads of fun and create your own colourful fuzzy friend. (Pictured in the centre above.)

Looking for additional inspiration while staying home and staying safe - check out the Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild Website and Facebook Page

Creating Space

The Creating Space Community Arts Studio now shares space with the ACP.  Once it is safe to get together again they will be offering weekly Drop in sessions (Thursday afternoons from 3-6) as well as monthly Workshops (the second Saturday of each month from 1-4).  

Keep your eyes on the ACP Calendar and the Creating Space Ptbo Facebook page for Covid-safe sessions.  Virtual sessions are now being offered!!  Check their Facebook page or send an email to for more information.

ACP Membership

Our classes are open to any adult member of the community...AND...all members of our founding guilds are entitled to take courses at the reduced member rate.  Individual memberships are available for $50/year (September to August) or $30/year for students.  This fee enables you to also be a vendor at the Spring/Fall Artisanity sales and to sell in the Online Artisans Market Peterborough.

By belonging to the ACP you benefit from collaboration with members from the other participating guilds and may find techniques within other mediums or from other mediums that will enrich your own experience.

Comments and Information

Our location in Peterborough Square follows all Covid restrictions. 
You can pick up online purchases by appointment thru 705-775-1797

Check out the Website for more information.

 We are on Facebook under "Artisans Centre Peterborough" and Instagram at "artisanscentrepeterborough".
Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who might be interested.
If you have comments/suggestions or corrections for the Newsletter, please pass them along through


Our Sponsors

We are very grateful to the following organizations for their generous sponsorship of our activities.

If you would like to support us  you can help by sending a donation through the "Make a gift" page on our website.
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