When I saw Hugo Didier‘s booth at the Spring One of a Kind Show, I quite literally ran across the aisle to check it out. I mean, really. A shop with the name “Not Made in China” is pretty much up my alley, right?
M. Didier is a 3rd generation ceramic artist, and desires to merge the traditional with modern. His “not made in china” artwork on many of the pieces is meant to promote and encourage the idea of buying locally made goods. That’s a message I can get behind.
The small coffee cups are lovely…
… but I personally prefer the larger ones. The better for drinking the most tea possible!
Et, biensûr, la petite poutinière est parfaitement Québecoise et Canadienne!
And there you have it, our first “maker” feature in far too long. Not Made in China kicks off our 2nd time around with Canadian+Handmade. Happy to be back!
Cheers to that,
My husband picked up a pepper mill in a shop the other day, and was making moves toward buying it… and my “somebody in Canada MUST make pepper grinders” antenna went up.
It didn’t take long for me to find the lovely, simple grinders from Mapleseed Gallery:The Owen Sound couple behind Mapleseed Gallery are a talented pair – Irwin Seidman’s wood turning skills are on display in their Etsy shop, as well as Susan Seidman’s original artwork.
I love the detail on the grinders, which can be used for pepper, sea salt or other spices, but this figured maple bowl is fabulous. Obviously decorative, the grain and knots are featured prominently.
Mapleseed Gallery is Canadian in origin, in materials and in subject. This little 4″ x 4″ Snowplow watercolour by Susan is such a classic scene, especially this winter in Alberta (so much snow. My goodness we are ready for spring!)
To see more of the special work from the duo behind Mapleseed Gallery, check out their shop at Etsy.