A Fine Line


A Fine Line celebrates in an accessible popular history the accomplishments of contemporary fine craftspeople. Using Ontario as a base, the book examines how the public eagerly embraced the work of craft designers and makers, starting with the first major craft exhibit in Toronto in 1931 at Ridpaths, and following the story from those beginnings to the present.

There has never been a comprehensive book on contemporary studio crafts in any Canadian province; one is long overdue. A Fine Line places potters, weavers, textile printers, bookbinders, metalsmiths, blown glass artists, stained glass artists, furniture makers, and many more into the larger context of the crafts movement in Ontario in the second half of this century. The book features six decades of outstanding work by Ontario’s designer-craftspeople in colour and in black-and-white photographs. The book also highlights the individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the developing craft and design scene.


A Fine Line ... is thorough and insightful.

CBRA (January, 1999)

We know so little about our forebears, or for that matter, our contemporaries. This book changes all that. A Fine Line is about to become the authoritative work in this field of interest.

Fusion Magazine

This easy-to-read history is well dotted with photographs of art objects and people. It traces the growth of organizations, provides profiles of artisans, and points out the importance of crafts in our culture.

Canadian Society of Decorative Arts Bulletin (January, 1999)

Crawford offers an interesting and highly detailed account of craft design and craft designers in Ontario, Canada, from the 1930s to the current era.

CHOICE (October, 1999)

Gail Crawford can write! While encyclopaedic in scope, this accessible history is a rich tapestry woven by a master wordsmith.

Fusion Magazine

About the Author

Gail Crawford

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Gail Crawford

Gail Crawford is a craft journalist who was Director of Publications at the Ontario Crafts Council prior to researching and writing this profile of contemporary studio crafts. In that capacity, she visited many of Ontario's craft communities and is thoroughly familiar with studio craftspeople and their achievements.