From the Archives #2:

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From the Archives #2:

In Category : 40th Archives

The Name Gloucester Craftsmen’s Guild

The name Gloucester Craftsmen’s Guild was chosen at the February 1975 General Meeting, a constitution was drawn up, and membership fees were set at $7.  General meetings were held downstairs at the Beacon Hill Shopping Center, in a rather stuffy room (always packed) and coffee was served in the hall.  Interestingly, in February a request went out for volunteers to teach at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Center.  As far as I can recall no one volunteered!

By November 1975 membership had reached 210 and was closed until spring (probably due to lack of suitable meeting space) when “perhaps someone would drop out”.  There were thirty members between the ages of 5 and 13 years.

The following year the Guild took part in a National Juried Craft Exhibition in conjunction with the 1976 Olympic Games.

At the January 1978 Executive meeting it was decided to cancel the spring market that year and hold an exhibition only, due to low attendance and sales at the previous spring market (1977).  This market grossed only $3000. in sales, whereas the Christmas market that year had taken in $18,500.  The planned exhibition was held at the Blackburn Hamlet arena in June 1978 and became our very first Juried Exhibit!  At the Christmas market of ‘79 members were given the choice of marketing for one or two days (at $20. or $35 respectively).  Anita Tattrie won the prize for “Best Booth” at this market.

From conception Guild executive spent much energy searching for a permanent home, to house the library (very important in pre internet days), studios to hold workshops, and meeting space.  In January ’78 a proposal was presented to the City of Gloucester to take over a vacant house on Cummings Ave., but when determined it would cost $30,000 to convert this facility, it was turned down.  The guild kept searching for workshop and meeting space.

Instruction was very important to the early Guild.  In fall of ‘78 thirty classes were offered.  Most were of four week duration, one night a week.  A few, such as Christmas crafts for children, and parent and child handbuilt pottery, took place on Saturdays.  Teachers (Guild members) were paid $10. per hour and costs per student varied depending on the size of the class.  Non members were able to participate at a surcharge of $1.  Classes offered included lace weaving, cathedral window quilting, copper enamelling, applehead dolls, leather carving, macramé Christmas projects, and tie dye for children.  So you can see this was a very active and enthusiastic Guild in the early days!

Barbara Nolen