Crafted Vancouver tip sheet: Mexico, meet the makers, and keeping those knives sharp

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      As it celebrates its second year, Crafted Vancouver has more than 70 events on offer this month. Here’s a handful to get you stoked about the vast range of fine craft from down the street and further afield.

      Spotlight on Mexico

      (Until May 12 at various venues)

      This collection of diverse events includes two hands-on clay workshops with ceramic artists from Oaxaca.

      Meet the makers

      (May 8 to 11 at Heritage Hall)

      This is the chance to share a table and possibly even some art materials with master craft makers, and take in a pop-up exhibition called Pin & Post hosted by 22 members of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association.

      The edge of craft

      (May 18 and 19 at Ai & Om Knives)

      Ai & Om Knives founder Douglas Chang, a former chef, will show people how to properly sharpen and maintain kitchen knives and talk about the patience and precision required of craftspeople who make them.

      Made from scraps: Volume 1

      (May 17 to 30 at SPACE)

      The exhibition of more than 40 local craftspeople centres on reclaimed and salvaged wood. Pieces include wooden “rockets” by a salvage-material artist that were constructed out of decommissioned Canada Post office furniture.

      Unbound: craft beyond function

      (May 23 to 26 at East Vancouver Studio and Gallery)

      The sculptural exhibition takes a new look at media like wood, steel, textiles, and ceramics as they’re used in nonfunctional ways.