Through Très dion's pieces, I decided to collaborate with local designers and artisans because I believe in these collaborations from which I learn and in the work of local creators.
And since I got to know them more personally by working with them, I wanted you to meet them too.
In the new Early Thaw collection launched for the arrival of spring, I could not not do a collaboration that highlights the sugar shack season, which is so ingrained in our Quebec culture. So I worked with Atelier Tréma, located in a beautiful workshop in Bedford, Montérégie, to bring the motif of this new collection to life on their popular maple syrup pottery jar. A favourite object for lovers of this sweet season.
I met its founder, Marie-Joël, at my first Montreal Craft Show with Foutu Tissu in 2009. It was an instant crush. Despite our different fields, I recognized the same search for textures in her creation as in my designs. Afterwards, we crossed paths at different events and artisan markets and that's how a beautiful friendship developed that has been going on for 11 years now.
Marie-Joël founded Atelier Tréma in 2004. After undergraduate studies in Visual Arts at UQAM, she dreamed of being a painter, but it is pottery that took over to make a living. It turns out that she never had time to do anything else!
At the very beginning, the studio worked a lot on developing murals. But when she met Jordan, who would became her partner, the studio took a new trajectory. Why not a collection of crockery! Entrepreneur and foodie, Jordan saw this as a great opportunity. And he was right!
Their inspiration: the Maritimes. Seafarers go on vacation in the mountains. Mountain people go to the sea. Both originally from the Laurentians, it was in Maine, on the east coast of the United States, that they spent their summer holidays. And that's what made them look good. Cedar shingles, scaly outdoor house, fishing nets and buoys. These are typical coastal elements that stain their creation.
Atelier Tréma showcases utilitarian and timeless objects, with a slightly worn look, off-white color, where you can feel a finish that tells a story. As if they had been found on the beach, brought by the sea and time had been absorbed in each of them.
The syrup jar created with them is a limited edition, available on the online shop. It is made of porcelain and closes with a cork lid. It can - at last! - hold the entire content of a maple syrup cane. Enjoy!