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Plucking the Clay

19 March 2016

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Marie Serreau has had her hands in clay since she was a child! A self-taught path brought her to Quebec. Soon after, in 2002, the artist consolidates her knowledge with a professional course at the Maison de la Céramique de Mulhouse in Alsace.

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This journey rich with learning, through many other projects saw her opening her own workshop in Burgundy. This enabled her to indulge in her own creative universe: “I invested myself for 6 years and developed my style, my graphics, my education.”

Her trademark style is quite unique, who seems to take a pure joy in playing with.  The freehand arabesques that decorate her ceramics are a perfect example of this “(…) I feel free to express, to narrate, to say what drives me.”

Beneath her playful airs, the ceramics of Marie Serreau also have this very natural side. The clay is not only used as support it also has its place in the final aesthetic while a colourful slip will set the tone and movement of the piece.

The artist is inspired by the utilitarian ceramics from Japan, both the more traditional as well as contemporary. While nature is a source of inspiration, tea is too! “Tea is very much part of my daily life, linked to precious moments of sharing, of reflection … and yes, a hot fragrant tea inspires my work constantly. ”

LOCAL POTTERS

Meet the Quebec artisans who are passionate about the objets and art of tea. Every four months, pieces by a different designer will be presented in this unique showcase, giving you the chance to enjoy the great quality and diversity of the work of some of our local potters.

An Eccentric Twist with a Unique Atmosphere.

3 March 2016

at 9:48 by Seb

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On our constant mission to democratise tea, while offering an unforgettable tasting experience, we are proud to announce the launch of an all new menu for our teahouses.  A blend of  innovation and new visuals with a twist of eccentricity. Please come in and enjoy the experience on your next visit to one of our our teahouses in Montreal or Quebec.

DSCF0724A modern take on an ancient art that retained the spirit of epicurean pleasure and exploration was the goal. We hoped to travel beyond the conventions of traditional tea service by proposing a range of non-conformist approaches that enable guests to redefine their own taste aesthetic.

Our exceptional catalogue of teas, carefully selected by our team in the tea gardens of Asia,  are now presented by method of preparation, in a choice of teaware from our collections and private imports. Some will prefer the simple comfort of a tea served in one of our sumptuous chawans, while more diligent enthusiasts can rediscover their favorite rituals with greater precision and intensity. This is an opportunity to think outside the box; to enjoy a Chinese tea in a beautiful Japanese Kyusu or to prepare one of our delicious herbal teas in Gaiwan, just two of the many options that we now offer.

While ‘bowl-tasting’ is a new addition to conventional techniques, the Montréal teahouse takes the experience a step further. With a wine carafe infusion into glass tumblers where the qualities of infusing in glass vessel is accompanied by a playful visual. Our table d’hôte then offers  a trio of seasonal tasting flights… it all adds up to a delightful sensorial experience.

So welcome to our warm and contemplative oasis.  Explore these new techniques in our unique, techno free tasting venues. We look forward to sharing these experiences with you.

 
 

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Welcome to the Special Collection
Here you will both find Teaware and Teas created by some of Asia’s most talented craftsmen.

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