MADE FROM REAL PLANT IMPRINTS
"Nature is everywhere - we just need to lean to see it"
This quote is from a TED talk I listened to years ago. Everything Emma Marris said in that talk resonated with me profoundly.
While I really appreciate Nature, I never feel the need to go out of my way to see it. I find it everywhere, in the way the water flows down the street, or the frost makes crystals on the windows, or a weed grows in the cracks of the sidewalk.
When I started out this series, I wanted to record the city's flora indiscriminately. The cultivated besides the wild. The spectacular besides the understated.
Years later, I am still just as interested in this work and I think -or at least I hope- I became better at making these pieces. They're made to be both functional and beautiful and I hope you enjoy them for many years.
OUR POTTERY: HOW IT'S MADE
Everything happens in our small batch ceramics studio, located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
We scour the Saint-Henri neighborhood, to find plants and weeds. We gather them and bring them back to our workshop. While the plants are still fresh we press them into slabs of raw clay to record all the details of their texture. Every piece is fashioned from mid range porcelain formulated and mixed by a Canadian company.
Afterwards, we shape the clay using various hand tools, such as ribs and hump molds, while being very careful not to smudge the botanical impressions. We smooth out edges and bottoms, dry everything slowly, fire, glaze and then cross our finger while we wait for the results of the final firing.
Opening the kiln is always a bit of a magical moment, even after years of making this series, because there's so much work and attention involved that, as a maker, you can't help but become invested in what you're crafting. It really is a labour of love.