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maker profile: our collaboration with Émilie Dion

maker profile: our collaboration with Émilie Dion

Elegant and refined, we feel that this new collection of ceramic dinnerware embodies the beauty of simplicity. The clear, ivory glaze lets the natural materials take centre stage, providing the perfect canvas for your next meal.

Each piece was a collaborative effort between our team and the incredible Émilie Dion. Émilie is a ceramicist from Québec, Canada, who we were introduced to in early 2021. We were absolutely thrilled to announce the limited-edition collection this past December and are equally thrilled now to introduce you all to the artist behind the magic.

Please, introduce yourself!
My name is Émilie, I’m 34 years old. I live in a country house on a 3 acre land in the beautiful Eastern Townships in Québec. I’m a mother to three beautiful and lively children and life partner to a loving human being!

What sparked your love of ceramics?
I believe making things I can use in my everyday life was what initially sparked my love of ceramics. Being in charge of the creation process from beginning to end also really spoke to me. Then came the peaceful feeling I get when I’m throwing behind my wheel with my two hands in the clay.

What was the first piece you ever made? Do you still have it?
It was a small, thick shaped vase. I had no idea what was going to come out of it but the result was quite interesting. It is glazed in a matte greenish-blue colour. I do still have it on my shelves in the studio.

Who or what are some of your biggest inspirations when it comes to your work?
When I first started out, I remember being a complete fan of Florian Gadsby. The simplicity of his work and the way he puts it out there really resonated with me. I also have to mention Robin Badger and Robert Chartier because they have been my mentors since the very beginning. To this day, visiting their studio still brings me a load of comfort and inspiration.

Do you have a favourite type of piece that you like to make?
The pieces I enjoy making the most are the ones I will enjoy using the most. For example, a favourite of mine is candle holders; making them always reminds me of that comforting feeling I get when I light a candle on a cold winter’s night.

Having a home studio must be very lively with your family around! Are you often alone in the studio? Or has it become more of a gathering place?
I do find some time to be alone in the studio but of course, being a mother to three children under six and the studio being in our home, it has become a spot where we gather. The kids will join me and find some work of their own to accomplish while I’m in the studio. They even throw on the wheel sometimes when I can assist them (and help clean up the creative mess afterwards!).

Do you prefer music or podcasts while you’re working? What’s your current go-to?
I do prefer music and most of the time when I’m in the studio, you will hear music playing. I love the music of Annelie, Alexandra Streliski and Ludovico Einaudi for quiet moments when I need more concentration and focus. But then there’s a chance you’ll catch me listening to Taylor Swift or John Mayer for a more upbeat mood.

When you’re not busy in the studio, what do you enjoy doing with your spare time?
Oh my! Spare time here is rare nowadays. I do like a beautiful book or magazine, watercolour, taking walks with the kids or just making myself a nice cup of coffee! Somehow, I always end up in the studio ☺

What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
Slowing down and enjoying the creation process. Remembering why I do pottery and what I love about it is definitely something I need to remind myself to be able to enjoy it fully. Here’s to creating and slowing down!

You can follow Émilie’s incredible creative process on Instagram and find her pieces in our exclusive collection of JUNE ceramics.

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