All our pieces are made in our 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 in the pieces. It really is a labour of love.
Minimal waste studio
Nature Imprint is proud to offer a handmade product made in a minimal waste studio where 95% of raw materials used in the process become durable goods to be enjoyed for years to come.
At our studio we take steps to:
Recycle all our clay scraps
Source most of our containers and packaging material from post industry waste
Reduce packaging to bare minimum
Reduce our water consumption by changing it every five days
Recycle what we cannot reuse
Re-evaluate our practices regularly in order to optimize them
About the maker
Geneviève Gallant has worked with her hands from a young age, whether collecting rocks and feathers or pursuing creative projects in her family’s garage. While studying fine art at Concordia University, she discovered working with clay and never looked back.
Inspired by nature, not only in the countryside but also in the fields, parks, and wild corners of Montreal’s urban environments, Geneviève decided to work with the flora in the vicinity of her Saint-Henri studio to produce decorative yet practical objects. Simple and minimalist, this items in this ceramic collection honour and emphasize the forms and textures of these ubiquitous local, urban species.
"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. I hope you enjoy it too.