Artisans

The creators behind the collections
Sophie Manessiez

Sophie Manessiez

Sophie Manessiez discovered her love for ceramics over 30 years ago when she met and observed a potter at work while studying art. She was fascinated by the precision of the gestures, subjugated by the movement of the wheel and seduced by the touch of the material and the pieces that appear.

After several years of practice, training and study, she developed her own body of work. Her work in ceramics today reflects her attraction to an aesthetic where the meeting of material and form becomes the subtle elegance that gives each piece its unique character.

Sophie's studio is located in the Eastern Townships where she handcrafts each piece.

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Charlie Larouche

Charlie Larouche

Charlie Larouche discovered glass in 2017 when he arrived at Espace Verre. During his studies, he developed a deep passion for working with blown glass.

"In order to grow as an artist, I enter into an intimate relationship with the material with the goal of getting to know it. Glass is alive; by engaging this relationship with the molten material, I learn its flaws, qualities and preferences. I engage in a conversation with glass by making cups inspired by Venetian traditions. These delicate objects, made for centuries on the island of Murano, demonstrate all the whims and virtues of the material. Each irregularity in the shape, proportions and manufacturing process of these cups, testifies to a learning process in the making, to a new way of interacting with glass. They are evidence of this relationship that evolves and grows with me over time, a conversation that will one day seal my union with the material."

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Luloba Céramique

Luloba Céramique

Lou-Anne is the artisan behind the Luloba Ceramics brand. Her studio is based in Brome Lake, Quebec, where she creates decorative and functional objects inspired by the natural world. Her practice explores the beauty of everyday objects and the desire to make small everyday rituals elegant and meaningful. Lou-Anne's work focuses on the beauty of her raw material: clay. She uses different clays to create her work, often mixing them to produce a variety of textures and colors.

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Lutin de Forêt

Lutin de Forêt

Fabiola is the creator and artisan of Lutin de Forêt. Wool has always been present in her life. She grew up in its presence; her grandmothers, her mother and even her father knitted or crocheted around her.

During her university studies in communication and sociology, she was lucky enough to continue to be around her lovely grandmothers and this path allowed her to realize the importance of the imagination in everyday life. Love and respect for the planet has also continued to be a constant in her life. So why not achieve a perfect marriage between these elements that are so dear to her heart: crochet, imagination and respect for the planet? From this idea, in 2017, a fantastic bestiary named Lutin de Forêt was born. Her goal is to produce quality plushies made in Quebec with eco-responsible materials to reduce our ecological footprint, encourage local commerce and share her love for the imaginary and our planet.

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Couteau Bonesetter

Couteaux Bonesetter

Born from a passion for cooking and a love of good tools, Gabriel Tétreault's cutlery business, Bonesetter, was born in 2020.

From his experience in the world of visual art and studio work, Gabriel retains the methods, the experimentation, and the pleasure of working with wood, metal and fabric. It is this combination of techniques and know-how, sprinkled with a bit of chemistry, that he uses to make his knives, unique everyday objects combining performance, aesthetics and durability.

In his small workshop in Magog, he explores and creates, with the aim of transforming our relationship with this ancient but still indispensable tool, the knife; he strives to retame it and give it a place of choice in our meals and our modern kitchen stories.

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Casannita

Casannita

Concerned about the environment and a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle, Annie Comeau created Casannita Linen. Cassanita proves that home goods can be high quality, sustainable and environmentally friendly as well as beautiful. Coming from the fashion industry and a family that values handmade work, Annie knows the importance of focusing on the quality of the work and all of the small details that go into handmade items. The pieces you will find at Casannita are reusable and are designed to have longevity, which means you will keep them longer, like a legacy for the next generation. Consume less and better, that is Cassanita’s motto.

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Les deux soeurs dans le même panier

Les deux soeurs dans le même panier

The two sisters in the same basket is the story of a weekend activity that turned into a passion. “It was in a Vermont museum that we learned the basics of the traditional "over and under" finger weaving technique.”

For Nathalie, basketry remained a hobby. But for Fabienne, this new love for basketry led her to develop all aspects of finger weaving, first by participating in trade shows, then by offering workshops. “For the past few years, we have been proud to see our baskets being sold in beautiful independent boutiques across Quebec.

Although our basic material, rattan, is grown overseas, all our baskets are made and "handmade" by Fabienne Clément, here in Quebec in our workshop on Beaconsfield Street in Montreal.”

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Ruby Brown

Ruby Brown

Ruby Brown, a successful leader and entrepreneur, founded her first company in 2011. Back in Montreal, after her career modelling in Europe, she decided to share her passion for perfume and introduced Essence Workshop: an inspiring, interactive workshop where one creates bespoke perfume.

Praised for her work, her olfactive talent and her individuality, name brands such as Le Cirque du Soleil, Luxury Retreats, and Hotels Germain, soon started commissioning Ruby to create their bespoke fragrance. Her flair for opportunity and her entrepreneurial spirit led to the expansion of her company which now houses her eponymous brand.

Ruby offers art de vivre products with an amazing scent ranging from candles to amenities products for hotels. Her dedication to beauty is everywhere and in everything she does. She’ll tell you herself that at the core of her creative process is her desire to translate memories and emotions into products and experiences.

For Ruby Brown, everything is emotion!

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Luminaire Authentik

Luminaire Authentik

As an entrepreneur, Maude Rondeau believes authenticity starts with genuine decisions, such as opening a workshop in the middle of the countryside, turning a former schoolhouse into a creative space, and then proceeding to build headquarters that can house growing ambitions. Luminaire Authentik creates authentically custom lighting for residential and commercial projects. Inspired by organic and minimalist aesthetics, their lamps are drawn, designed and 100% locally made in their Cowansville workshop, in Canada. They honour the spark that drives one to work with passion, and to create with ambition, every day, an array of colourful, playful & versatile designs to create personalised ambiances.

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John Murphy

John Murphy

John Murphy’s love for woodworking started at an early age. It continued to grow after he took a house building course in Maine. He started building his own house on his own, with the help of his wife Judy (while raising their two children, Jonathan, and Jennifer) using recycled barns and demolished houses. This evolved into building furniture in the basement for their home. After working on the Great Lakes as a helmsman for 37 years, he finally began his full-time career in woodworking in 2012. As of then, in his workshop, he has been passionately building cutting boards and other kitchen products from locally sourced hardwoods and a few plantations grown exotics species.

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Robin Badger & Robert Chartier

Robin Badger & Robert Chartier

After meeting, while studying pottery in Old Montreal at the Centre de Céramique Bonsecours, Robin Badger & Robert Chartier opened the Down to Earth Pottery studio in 1995. The studio showcases the work of both very different clay artists. Situated on a 100-acre family farm in the mountains of the Eastern Townships, the studio is an oasis of peace and tranquillity in today’s busy world. They strive to create pieces that are a joy to use as well as to look at. They feel that a beautiful piece of pottery can add a quiet and subtle joy to everyday life. Using beautiful objects to prepare and serve the food we eat enhances this daily ritual.

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Robert Badger

L'Atelier EM

Émilie from L’Atelier EM creates from her workshop, adjacent to the family home in Lac-Brome. This space is her sanctuary and often one of her little children joins her in the creating process. She has a sleek and minimalist aesthetic, and her pieces are made with care and a lot of respect for traditional pottery techniques. Each piece she makes is completely handmade and therefore unique.

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Boutiverre

Boutiverre

Caroline, from l’atelier Boutiverre, has been blowing glass for over 15 years. After obtaining a DEC in glass art at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, she did an apprenticeship in New-Zealand, and quickly made the switch to recycled glass, a material that is totally in line with her philosophy of sustainable development. She breathes new life into bottles by transforming them into new objects with simple shapes to which she adds texture with natural materials such as water and wood ash. The resulting product is warm and fits into both modern and rural settings. In 2015, she set up her workshop-boutique in the heart of the village of Brome Lake in the Eastern Townships. She welcomes people who are curious and sensitive to art, and wish to acquire unique items, handcrafted and tailor-made with care.

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Atelier Bussière

Atelier Bussière

Natural stone is the original inspiration at Atelier Bussière. They make unique objects and furniture in noble materials that will last a lifetime. Each of their products is made with care and rigour. Their workshop is located in the heart of the Quebec Appalachians, in the municipality of Lac-Drolet, in the Eastern Townships. They are a small team of three individuals, passionate about stonework and design. Their natural stone pieces are their pride, and the result of a sustained collaboration, innovative ideas and determination.

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La Compagnie Robinson

La Compagnie Robinson

Patrice, the artisan behind The Robinson Company creates timeless, minimalist and durable objects to be handed down from generation to generation. He believes that the sentimental value an object carries when it is handed down and becomes a family heirloom is priceless. He works with leather that is ethically sourced and vegetable tanned, always putting quality and durability at the centre of what he does. Their products not only hold up to the test of time but also gain in character and increase in beauty.

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Marc-Antoine Dorval

Marc-Antoine Dorval

Woodworker by trade, Marc-Antoine Dorval discovered his passion for pottery in 2018 and has since dedicated all of his time to it. Newly located in the village of Racine, in the Eastern Townships, he creates useful and decorative objects. His work is primarily engrained in a willingness for the object to reveal the passage of the artisan, but also to leave as much room as possible for the raw material: earth. His work reflects an evolving understanding that gets more and more precise with his explorations.

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Atelier Forma

Atelier Forma

Montreal-based ceramist, Bojana Kolarevic, has been honing her skills in ceramics since 2012. She is the founder of Atelier Forma ceramic studio, which is a place destined to bring together Montreal’s ceramic and artisan community. Originally an interior designer, Bojana has merged her passion for ceramics with her design practice. Her preferred medium is black stoneware, often left unglazed to reveal the raw qualities of the clay. Its dark element is often balanced with tones of white satin glaze. Bojana draws her inspiration from the sudden body movements reflected in her work, which is unrefined and open to interpretation.

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Littledeer

Littledeer

In 1984, Tom Littledeer submitted the hypothesis that a curved, spoon-like canoe paddle would make the action of paddling easier. He therefore created and tested a variety of different models of paddles with Olympic canoeists as well as with the National Research Council of Canada. Tom made a series of miniature paddles as promotional items for the launch of the canoe paddles. These were proclaimed by his mother as "naj bolje za kuhati" (“perfect for cooking” in Croatian). These first paddles therefore became the Pot Scoop - the first wooden spoon designed specifically not to split. Tom Littledeer has created and built many things from his studio in Candiac over time; however, his Gourmet Paddles remain what he is best-known for.

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Le Point Visible

Le point visible

Marilyn was raised by her grandmother and her aunts, all of whom were seamstresses. In their household, every moment could become an excuse to take out the needle and thread. Over the years, home became a place of exploration of materials, textures and colours.

In 2017, after moving to the Eastern Townships, Marilyn met France Verrier, an experienced quilter from the Cercle des Fermières de Cowansville organisation. It was this meeting that sparked Marilyn's passion for the art of quilting. This artisanal method resonated both with her personal history and her values. Today, Marilyn strives to promote this cultural heritage traditionally practised by women in Quebec and to grant greater visibility to this art that has long been overlooked.

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Dacat

Dacat

Dacat Studio was founded in 2014 in Montreal by Daniela Tudor. With a background in furniture design and manufacture, Daniela spent several years developing new products and prototypes. The studio team, now made up of several artists from various backgrounds that are passionate about working with wood and textiles, focuses on creating products and objects for interiors, mainly for private clients.

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Les filles du coin

Les filles du coin

Les filles du coin is a warm and dynamic place where three ladies from Knowlton, in the Eastern Townships, Anne Piché, Dominique Mackay and Renée Beaulne, express their creativity and talent in a fun environment. Whether they act as graphic designer, artist, buyer, weaver, seamstress, window dresser or shopkeeper, the common thread of the workshop/boutique is always the desire to energise each other and share their passion. They create durable heirloom pieces that will last a long time. According to them, in a mass production world, in which originality is a rare commodity, artisan work and revalorization of ancestral know-how is the way to go about things.

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Valérie Pelletier

Valérie Pelletier

Valérie’s work evokes simplicity, sobriety in the shapes she works with and her sleek aesthetic. All her collections are complementary, timeless and stand out with their pale blue glaze. The blue brings depth to pieces with its shine and clear look, highlighting the interesting contrast between the natural aspect of naked clay and the shine of the glaze. With precise attention to technique, Valérie wishes to preserve the human touch behind the handmade artisan work. She wants to touch people through her sensitive and tactile clay works.

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Curators

Richard and Maxime have always had this desire to uplift artisans that create beautiful items through highlighting their work and helping to promote them. The collection is presented under the Humminghill Farm brand, and features each of the collaborating craftsmen, which will allow a broader audience to meet them virtually. Richard and Maxime aim to:

  • Publicise the work of craftsmen by offering them the platform and visibility that comes with the Les Ensembliers brand, putting the craftsman in the foreground on the site.
  • Create a transactional space that allows the customers of Les Ensembliers and others to buy their creations here.
  • Support artisans by purchasing inventory in advance for stock and offering them business mentoring to enhance their product.
  • Develop a creative relationship that allows the craftsmen to express their art through collaboration to produce unique collections.
  • Expand the reach of Les Ensembliers beyond the design service and give people the opportunity to own a piece of their vision.
  • Promote the local producers throughout Canada and the United States.
Maxime Vandal et Richard Ouellette
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