Quebec ceramists; artist’s portraits

May 30, 2018

Céramiste Carmen Abdallah Ceramist

Quebec ceramists provide us with unique pieces of exceptional quality. Every step of the manufacturing process, from shaping the clay to glazing it, gives each piece a unique character which turns a simple object into a work of art. Due to the infinite variations induced by the artisanal making process, you can never find two identical teapots; which is what makes them so precious and sought after.

Over the years, we have developed partnerships with various Quebec ceramists who care about the quality of their products. They use no heavy metals in their high fire glazes (which are cooked at over 1200 degrees Celsius). This allows some components to melt and merge in order to create a safe glaze. Here are a few among those components that can be found amongstour ceramists: red iron, silica, wood ash, feldspar, rutile and clay.

Here’s the first in a series of portraits of Quebec ceramists.

Carmen Abdallah

This artist, which we’ve been collaborating with for numerous years, holds a special place in our hearts. For over 15 years, Carmen has been perfecting her art in her studio, Céramique Zalata, based in Val-David. While mastering the art of pottery, Carmen’s primary goal is to produce functional pieces. Her ceramics are non-toxic and dishwasher proof, therefore perfect for daily life use. Her recipes are based on the piece’s function, making it possible to drink and eat from it safely.

« Each object’s functionality fascinates me. Shaping an object both aesthetically pleasing and nice to touch is already a challenge. »

Among her vast collection, we especially love her chawan (bowls used to prepare matcha) and her small tea cups. Her glazes showcase amazing earthy tones, ranging from blue-green to deep black. She was awarded prizes from the 1001 pots event multiple times.  

chawan de Carmen Abdallah, céramique Zalata

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