Through this initiative, Riviera aims to bolster local talent, whose works have helped integrate the simple art of entertaining into our daily lives; asking artists to create a unique piece combining sophistication, simplicity and the small reusable jar. Local artists who, like us, express the beauty, quality and authenticity of a home-made product.
“I had already discovered Riviera yogourts a year earlier. The joy of finding one at the grocery store is enhanced tenfold when you can enjoy them with a small spoon! So it didn’t take much convincing for me to join their promotional initiative for artisans. Their in-depth approach, focused on delivering high quality, natural, raw products, is a perfect match with the work method of fine crafts. This partnership is very challenging because knowing this product’s level of quality, I must rise to the occasion.”
After getting a degree in ceramics from Collège de Limoilou in 1998, Christian Roy worked with several Quebec potters. For a few years now, he has been creating his own line of pieces, in addition to throwing ceramic for other potters.
His production is a wonderful mix of tradition and modernism. Useful, simple, these tense shapes are covered with textured surfaces, for perfectly balanced pieces. Shapes, textures, glazes.
You can get the piece that Christian Roy created for Riviera at the online boutique Chic Basta www.chicbasta.com.
“As designers and makers of small-batch, handmade ceramics, we love working with local, family-owned small businesses. We make carefully considered tableware that is meant to bring joy to simple everyday tasks in the home. Collaborating with Riviera is very exciting for us! Handmade ceramics meets locally and sustainably produced yogourt.”
Atelier Make is the creative studio of designers/makers Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson.
From porcelain tableware to intricate paper cutouts, their products bring the beauty and pleasure of fine craft into contemporary daily life. With a design aesthetic that is at once rustic and contemporary, Atelier Make’s designs appeal to a new generation of fine-craft enthusiasts. The studio prides itself on a small-batch, locally handcrafted model of doing business.
For designers Jaimie and Maya, Atelier Make is much more than a livelihood. It is an entrepreneurial journey based on creative chemistry, extraordinary friendship, and a shared appreciation for beautiful things. Their intention is to create enchanting spaces: considering everything from how we move through a space, to how it is lit, to the objects that enhance a space. The duo draws design inspiration from their heritage, bringing a combination of Scandinavian and Mediterranean influences into their designs.
Maya is from Istanbul, and Jaimie is from Vancouver. The two met in art school, and since then have joined forces on numerous creative endeavours. Prior to founding Atelier Make the two had practices in public art, animation, programming for galleries. While their personal and professional pursuits have led them to be thousands of miles apart over the years, their effortlessly aligned vision and a bit of serendipity brought them together in Montreal.
You can get the piece that Atelier Make created for Riviera at www.ateliermake.com.
“Artisans who stand out develop a know-how that allows them to craft high quality, upscale, unique creations. With those priorities in mind, I create objects for daily life that are sophisticated, one-of-a-kind, poetic. They are, I think, little affordable luxuries that encourage us to indulge and enjoy each moment, reminding us how lucky we are! Because I feel Riviera shares my values, I was happy to design a fine porcelain product to promote the reuse and upgrading of those little jars, purchased by so many loyal customers. Furthermore, I commend Riviera’s efforts in supporting and getting exposure for talented local artisans.”
Marie-Hélène Robillard, an emerging ceramic artist, was first drawn by the act of creative craftwork. Since she is a perfectionist, she then focused on creating functional objects, that are fun to use. And, inspired by the material’s possibilities, she aimed to express emotion through the pieces she creates for daily life.
Nature also being a source of inspiration for her, especially the sea, Robillard revisits the traditional ‘’Art of Entertaining’’ and ‘’Art of Living’’, combining delicate translucent porcelain with the special character of hand made objects. The end result is a line of sleek, functional, handcrafted porcelain pieces.
A sustainable alternative for mass-produced ceramic, these creations brighten up day to day life and provide uniqueness, whether you want to use them, display or offer them as a gift.
You can get the piece that Marie-Hélène Robillard created for Riviera by contacting her via www.facebook.com/atelier.mhr.
“I love to work with local businesses. It takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me. When I was asked to provide a creation for Riviera products, I was charmed by their concept, because I was already reusing those little glass jars to prepare desserts and mix colours at my studio. For this collaboration, I created the little porcelain lids that may be used to serve jam, fleur de sel and all the wonderful things that fit into a small jar.”
Little girls often dream of becoming prima ballerinas, modern-day Shirley Temples or, yes, princesses. Not Edith Bourgault, designer of the celebrated pottery line Art & Manufacture. Edith wanted to grow up and become Indiana Jones. “I’ve always been attracted to adventure, freedom, treasure hunts and old stories,” says Edith. “I think the rustic look that comes into play in my work comes from my passion for history.”
Edith’s pottery, rendered in her signature bright cobalt blue, calls to mind the dishes that her ancestors used a hundred years ago. “I try to make comforting and familiar objects that make you want to eat — with appetite — the recipes of our grandmothers.”
Edith takes inspiration from her own everyday life. When she’s not designing, she spends time cooking for her family and taking care of her two sons. “Because I cook a lot I always need an object or specific shape for a cooking dish. I love it best when the table is filled with bowls and various plates and guests can choose what they want.”
You can get the piece that Edith Bourgault created for Riviera at rivierapetitpot-boutique.com/en.
“Much like my practice, Riviera is synonymous with integrity, know-how and excellence. Appreciative of the project’s creative potential, I can only express my enthusiasm to collaborate with a respected company that cares about the environment, as well as arts and crafts, and knows how to transcend these values to provide its customers with products of the highest quality!”
Trained ceramist from the Centre de Céramique Bonsecours (2014), Stéphanie Goyer-Morin also has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal (2009). She creates pieces that are both sculptural and practical, from her Montreal Mile End workshop.
“My work combines a great skill for traditional ceramics techniques and refined and contemporary aesthetics. As an artist, I draw inspiration from the cheeky fantasy land of childhood and the fantastic world of fairy tales. So, I borrow certain features from the animal or human worlds to incorporate them into objects that are both sculptural and practical. This is how I infuse a little magic and absurdity in everyday life, through objects that can generate stories and wonder.”
You can get the piece that Stéphanie Goyer created for Riviera at: http://bit.ly/GoyeArtisteCeramiste.
“The first time I tried a Riviera yogurt, a distant memory of childhood came back to me. The quality of its taste brought me back to the warm summer evenings in the countryside. My father sometimes allowed me to choose a yogurt or ice cream in his milk refrigerated truck. The look of the Riviera Petits Pots and their authentic taste bring back those sweet moments. It was an honour for me to work in collaboration with Riviera, to be able to create an object from a small jar that will contain both the heat of a candle and the joy of a summer evening.”
The essence of the Earth emerges from DOMPIERRE ceramics. Each creation is carefully balanced between organic matter and structure, rigidity and fluidity. Every object is both purified and modern, without being unemotional. When in contact with DOMPIERRE creations, you can always feel the human trace, its imprint. DOMPIERRE seeks to stay on this fine intrinsic line, in harmony with the warmth of manual work and purified design.
DOMPIERRE offers modern ceramics with simple and refined design. Coming from a visual arts background, Marie-Eve Dompierre pays particular attention to the experience of one’s contact with her pieces—the lines, shapes, textures, and colours are carefully studied and conceived with patience. DOMPIERRE is sold in boutiques across Montreal and New York.
You can buy the piece created for Riviera at www.marieevedompierre.com.
“To be honest with you, I did not know the Riviera products before I was contacted for this fantastic collaboration… Shame on me, will you say! When I spoke to my family, my mother quickly told me how sinful it was that I did not know these high-quality local products. My sister replied that on top of it all, the cuttings of succulents and cactuses that she gives me are always inside Riviera Petits pots. I therefore give you today my answer to the reuse of the Petit pot, tested and approved! I create ceramic utility and culinary objects because of all the importance they have in our living spaces. So I thought of the nostalgia of our childhood with our grandmothers, the little drinking glasses and the smell of toast in the morning, always ceramics bearing touches of brilliant colors on a white background, which catches the eyes of children during meals. I thus wished to create comforting ceramics, carrying Quebec pride, tribute to the women of heart and head of Quebec.”
Stéphanie Fauteux proposes a collection inspired by life in the countryside, reflecting its rustic side but all the same so elegant. She always creates and manufactures with the will to offer unique and playful ceramics that charm, seduce, astonish and fascinate all those who appreciate the singular and the exclusive and rejoice in the uniqueness of each creation. With these pieces, she wants to brighten up the mornings, warm up the winter evenings, bring comfort to meal times and bring the happiness that allows us to enjoy life.
You can get Stéphanie Fauteux’s piece, developed for Riviera, via her online store: www.etsy.com/ca-fr/shop/SFauteuxCeramiste.
“In the Grenon-Dequoy family, we use a lot of Riviera Petits pots! When Riviera asked me to collaborate to the creativity inspired by small jars of yogurt, I immediately responded. Our weekend mornings are irregular: everyone gets up whenever they want, we all like to take our time. It is the ‘farniente’, as the Spaniards say. I prepare lunch trays as I would do tapas: you pick and choose what you want to eat. That’s why I created the ‘torpedo’ plate, which offers a selection of three small pots.”
Rachel Grenon developed her passion for ceramics in June 1993. She studied with several great potters in British Columbia before settling in the Eastern Townships in 2003. The ceramic artist opened her workshop in March 2004.
Since then, she has participated in the prestigious Chungju Biennial in Korea (2009) where 40 selected Canadian exhibitors presented their work at the Canada Pavilion. She also organizes an annual trade fair of contemporary art in Bromont, Roche Papier Ciseaux, and invites 15 exhibitors every year.
Her style is distinguished by the irregular shapes of her bowls and handmade objects and also by the dimensions of her “bathing” bowls, measuring 23 cm in diameter. She has now been in the design world for three years and offers new concepts, always using porcelain, varies the manufacturing processes (moulding, turning, etc.) and integrates the use of other materials (wood).
Her work can be found at the Canadian Guild of Crafts in Montreal, at Provide in Vancouver and in Toronto, at Hollace Cluny.
You can get Rachel Grenon’s piece, developed for Riviera, by contacting her via firstname.lastname@example.org.