A sample of the works for sale at Hearth 5

Hearth 5 artisan craft sale a success

For five years in a row, Sarah Pike has cleared her West Fernie home of her furniture to set up an artisan craft sale in her house.

For five years in a row, Sarah Pike has cleared her West Fernie home of her furniture to set up an artisan craft sale in her house. Hearth, as the event is known, celebrated its fifth birthday this past weekend and was the biggest year yet.

“It was so good, it was the best one yet,” said Pike, who crafts pottery.

Pike was among five other local artists including Michael Hepher of Clawhammer Press, jewelry maker Janet McIntyre, leather and lamp craftsman Holly Kimola, painter Leanne Stothert and glass blower Katherine Russell.

“We had way more people. It seems to be getting better every year,” said Pike. “It was a constant flow of people both nights.”

The sale was open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday evening. Guests were offered mulled wine and appetizers at the sale, making for a relaxed ambiance.

Pike is already looking at continuing the tradition next year, but isn’t sure if there will be major changes to the format.

“We all sort of hung out afterwards and talked about the sale, and I think everyone was happy with how it works. There’s always little things that you could do different, but really it just seems to be working really well.”

Pike noted she and the other artists would like to thank everyone who came out to the event and supported local artists and craftsmen.