This yearly event is a creation of the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec (metiersdart.ca), an association which represents professional art & craft artisans.
Many new and experienced potters were on display at this event, which I visited with my class on Monday, December 12th 2016. What did I learn?
- A few ceramicists noted the importance of the display - it has to draw the eye and be an ally to your series being showed. Also be manoeuvrable and settable easily by one person. 6-8 lights with 2 spots was typical. It's best to rent or buy a cheap used display the first time, so you can see in action what you need.
- Pricing ranged from 20 to 30$ per bowl. Not super pricey, but obviously more expensive than the Ikea productions.
- The more experienced potters seems to have more 1 of a kind offerings rather than production sets.
- Jamie Goodyear had great variety of styles, from really experimental designs with cloths woven into raku-like dark bowls to more sedated pastel plates.
- The eye is drawn to stands with a strong personality where every bit of the stand talks about the art - the lighting, the shelves, the seats, the carpet, the banner, the music, the entire ambiance should envelop the visitor.
- Renée Larochelle had a lovely large banner which won my prize for most effective.
- Christine Audet had the sophisticated shelving, with green backing that made it feel like a living room wall, and soft lighting coming from her own lamps. These were very effective. The color of the wood from her shelves matched the color of her vases on display and few items were shown at a time.
- Momplaisir was also consistent throughout about her nautical theme: her simple white shelves had lines like boat planks; they had integrated spots lights as well as 5-6 spots on top. It was large enough to be commanding, something a number of other displays lacked.
More Momplaisir and her nautical theme. Lovely.