Artisans

The creators behind the collections
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 Lac Brome in the Eastern Townships. She welcomes people who are curious and sensitive to art, who 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 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. 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 colors.

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 from 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 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 of Quebec, Anne Piché, Dominique Mackay and Renée Beaulne, express their creativity and talent in a fun environment. Graphic designer, artist, buyer, weaver, seamstress, window dresser and 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 an 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 help artisans with regard to creation, highlighting their work and marketing. The collection is therefore presented under the Ferme Humminghill brand, features each of the collaborating craftsmen, which will allow Internet users to meet them virtually. The approach mainly aims to:

  • Publicise the work of craftsmen by offering them the platform and increased visibility of the Ensembliers. The site is designed to put the craftsman in the foreground.
  • Create a transactional site allowing the customers of Ensembliers, and professionals in the field to buy their creations here. This also makes it possible to meet part of the supply needs for objects for the decor of the Ensembliers while consolidating local purchasing synergies.
  • Support artisans by purchasing inventory in advance (no drop shipping) and offering them business mentoring to enhance their product.
  • Develop a creative relationship by allowing the craftsman to express their art by collaborating with designers to produce unique collections.
  • Expand the customers of the Ensembliers by offering the object as a means of entering their creative universe.
  • Promote the local producers in Canada and the United States.
Maxime Vandal et Richard Ouellette
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