ISSUE 17  |  North Country

A Philosopher Turned Ceramicist, Quebec Edition

April 29, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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“Is there any older, quieter, or finer craft than pottery?” asks Quebec-based ceramicist Renaud Sauve of Atelier Des Cent-Ans. “The clay to which the potter gives form is a basic material, one of the most ordinary and simple found in nature.” Sauve, a philosophy major turned Cirque de Soleil set builder, segued into ceramics after taking a class at the Centre de Ceramique Bonsecours. He now lives and works in Irlande, a remote town in Bois-Francs, Quebec, where he communes with nature, sources clay from nearby streams, and works in his pottery studio. Juli and John of Mjölk paid a visit not long ago; see their photos here (they also offer select pieces at Mjölk).

Above: A simple cake stand in Sauve’s studio.

Above: An assortment of Atelier Des Cent-Ans tea vessels atop a wood stand by Gilbert Garcia; go to Mjölk for more information.

Above: Simple, sculptural forms characterize Sauve’s work.

Above: A closeup of the Atelier Des Cent-Ans cake stand.

Above: A collection of Atelier Des Cent-Ans tea ceremony pieces.

 For inspiration, browse all of our posts on Ceramics, including Handmade Tableware That Once Lived in the White House and Organic Porcelain Ware from Montreal. See Gardenista for standout Pots & Planters.