Let me introduce myself: I'm Janet Davis, an artist and entrepreneur living and working on the North side of Bonavista Bay, on the island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. There are many challenges to running a business here in my small rural hometown, and there are many wonderful benefits too. This blog is where I share some of those challenges and triumphs, and share what it's like to live in this part of the world.
Any ink colour on antique white cotton fibre paper with an ivory tassel
Original lino-cut relief print by Janet Davis
“This Yamaki guitar hangs in my office, but has been owned by my dad, and all three of my brothers at some time. All four of us kids learned to play guitar on this instrument, and it’s pretty special to me. “
I have been carrying these products in my shop and at the Café Giftshop for many years. The products are each exceptional, but here are my Top Three:
Partridgeberry Relish The first time I ate a fish cake with this as a topping in Griquet in 2015 turned out to be a life changing experience. I have never had a fish cake without it since. When we indulge in a local favourite: chips dressing and gravy, I add a big dollop of Partridgeberry Relish on top too, and it’s magnificent! We serve it at Norton’s Cove Café with our fish cakes, and with our salt fish ravioli.
Norse Berry Soap I use this soap – any scent because I love them all- in the shower with one of those pouf thingies. The lather is rich and lovely and leaves me feeling clean and moisturized.
Chocolate Covered Raspberries I love raspberries. I love chocolate. Can’t go wrong! And they go with a glass of red wine just fine!
Matted lino-cut relief print with watercolour, designed after a summer family wedding in Greenspond. The wild irises were in full bloom, and a magical feeling was in the air. Love actually, is, all around!
I received an exciting package in the mail this week: all new jewellery from our buddy Michelle Lambert! She has created a number of ArtSea Jewellery pieces just for Norton’s Cove! They are available in store only- check them out when you visit! The prices are very reasonable, and there are a wide variety of styles and matching sets for those special occasions and every day.
Here a few snaps taken at Alexis’ studio while we were making plates together.
Look for finished plates in the spring in four designs:
Starfish | Mussels | Sea Urchins | Sand Dollars
My linocut printing plates are pressed into clay…
I’ve cut around the linoleum, and peel back to reveal the embossed image.
Alexis turns up the edges, and trims and shapes them into plates.
When I leave the studio, the plates are drying in racks with supports to help them keep their shape until they are dry enough to go into the kiln. Alexis is an expert at glazing her pots, and she’ll no doubt transform these embossed plates into things of beauty. I look forward to seeing them once she’s worked her magic!