Sam Knopp: Playful & Minimal Ceramics

With interests in mid-century design, pop culture, and craftsmanship, Sam Knopp of Sam Knopp Ceramics makes handmade ceramics that are playful, minimal, and richly tactile. Her beautiful pieces will automatically become central points in your decor! Catch Sam at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@samknoppceramics), and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Sam Knopp Ceramics:
I think it’s ultimately about relationships. Creating meaning and connection with other people but also the material world around us. The process of creating and re-creating is a type of conversation you have at times with yourself but even better when it’s with others.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SKC:
It feels like a lot!  But mostly I’ve been reworking and refining my materials and techniques over the last year. I am a classic Libra over here so you will find a mix of bright, loud, plastic, pop and cool, refined, and minimalism.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SKC:
A strong focus on material. I don’t have much for illustrative chops and I’m definitely not a production potter but I sure love the clay and glaze. So I’m always finding ways to make that the focus of the pieces I make.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SKC:
I live in the village Irma, about an hour and half east of Edmonton. It has been an amazing place to set up shop over the last two years and its proximity to Edmonton allows me to be part this city’s rich creative community. The Edmonton art scene is full of talent and yet remains humble and welcoming. Edmonton has that strange small town/big city feel which means there are the resources to make stuff happen and excitement for new ideas in a community that truly wants to build each other up. So its pretty great.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SKC:
This is tough. So, so, many. Trading was actually a problem (a good problem!) for me at last year’s Winter Royal Bison. Two of my favourites from those swaps are a necklace I got from Jared Sykes of Stable State and a set of spoons from Rachel Beyer of Grit and Grain.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
SKC:
Chocolate Clusters from my mother-in-law (fingers crossed for an extra batch this year with this shout-out). Every year we get a box regardless of where we are and they don’t last more than a couple hours.

Visit Sam Knopp’s website to discover more of the work that she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.samknopp.com

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Kalika Bowlby: Fine Modern Tableware

We’re so excited to welcome back BC-based ceramicist, Kalika Bowlby of Kalika Bowlby Pottery! She produces finely, handcrafted tableware made for the modern home. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow them on Instagram (@kalikabowlby) and read on to discover what inspires her to create!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Kalika Bowlby: I never tire of seeing an idea become manifest. The process of realizing something that once only existed in my imagination is so exciting!

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
KB:
I’ve got some new two-tone mugs that I’m really excited about!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
KB:
I like to make things with a focus on timelessness. I hope the objects I make can be enjoyed just as much years from now as they are today.  

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RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
KB:
A couple ceramic artists I really admire are Giselle Hicks and Mike Helke. Their work feels like some of the most modern in the ceramic world right now. I’m loving it! I’ve also been enjoying the colour and composition play of UK-based painter Anna Mac. It feels so fun and vibrant. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
KB:
Pie! I always make a couple of pies and decorate them elaborately for Christmas dinner.

Head to Kalika Bowlby’s website to discover more of the beautiful work they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.kalika.ca 

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Matt Prins makes funnies

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Matt Prins is a guy making funny books, drawing, fun things, and different brickabrack. He says it’s not totally kid friendly stuff, but that’s not to say he’s unfriendly - he tells us he generally likes people, even kids! He also reminds us that he’s old news - he did his number one Bison way back in 2011. We love his sense of humour - you may remember (or even have!) his short story tote Royal Bison bag from previous fairs. Follow Matt on Instagram @mittplins and see what we’re talkin’ about for yerself.

Q: What draws you to making or designing things? I like to make lots of stuff quick and dirty. It’s in the blood. And then make another thing after. And put it all in a line and stare at it and say, “Look how fast I made it all and it’s all from my body!”

Q: What’s new for your this season? Got a very boring zine called BORE. Got some hats and tote bags with a cute tiger/cat on it. And the Dum Dum Postcard Club starter pack! Get them all! Don’t forget to treat yourself to some Series 3 mystery packs – Fun Thing TM.

 Q: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers? Probably my sense of humour. It’s in everything I make and it’s disgraceful.

Q: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community, or whichever community you call home? I love it! I love my friends! I love my home! I love my scene!

Q: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes: Locally, you can’t beat Nick Johnson and Jill Stanton’s illustrations. Internet wise, I’m Currently in love with Tara Booth's work (check it out on instagram!) And I’ve always loved alternative comic makers (as of late I’ve been digging through Nick Drnaso’s stuff and swimming in Osamu Tezuka’s massive library.)

 Q: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? Fried ham steaks at mom and dad’s on Christmas morning. Put some HP Sauce on it.

The Zine Machine!

The ZINE MACHINE Project (formally 780distro) began in 2014 as a snack vending machine that has been re-purposed to distribute small zines. In October 2017, the project changed hands and has evolved beyond the distribution of locally made publications to offering workshops, consultation, and support to community groups and educators who are interested in bringing zines into the classroom. The Zine Machine currently distributes publications from all over the world. Follow the Zine Machine on Instagram (@zinemachine780) and Twitter (@zinemachine780), and head on over to www.zinemachine.ca to find out how to submit your own zine! 

Stop by the Royal Bison from December 7 to 9 to chat with the cool folks at the Zine Machine and also to get your own cool zine!

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CMB Print Works: Wildlife & Reclaimed Wood Mosaics

New vendor alert! Caitlin Bodewitz of CMB Print Works is a mixed-media print maker who depicts images of Canadian wildlife and landscapes with the intent to explore human relationship with nature while addressing urban influences, conservation, and endangered species. All of her themes, materials, and processes reflect a conscious effort to be as environmentally mindful as possible. Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow her on Instagram (@cmbprintworks), and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
CMB Print Works:
Creating allows for me to have an opportunity to have critical conversations around things that are incredibly important to me in a visually beautiful and inviting way.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CMB:
I’m expanding on my series depicting endangered species, including both native flora and fauna, and also creating more pieces with my reclaimed-wood mosaics!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
CMB:
I think my unconditional integrity imbedded in each individual piece done by hand. Also my mindfulness throughout my process to create these beautiful pieces. My art celebrates our beautiful world, but in addition to the message I also do my best to walk the walk…reducing material waste, using biodegradable tape, water-based inks, and using reclaimed materials.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CMB:
Its so welcoming, supportive, and inspiring!

RMB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CMB:
SEED: A Calgary-based sustainable clothing company changing the game one hemp pair of pants at a time! Wicked people, beautiful garments, and an invaluable commitment to changing the textile industry to better the planet! Van Charles Art: Curtis is a Calgary-based artist and great friend, who is inspired by a lot of the same things as I am….Mountains! His contemporary take on the the natural world will be sure to please your eyes and spirit as well!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
CMB:
I’m from a mountain in northern BC and our (very small) community has the greatest tradition where we have a real-life Santa, Mrs.Claus, and elves visit every house on Christmas Eve! Sometimes they ski, sometimes they do shots, sometimes we get toothbrushes, and we always love the magic and joy of it all!

Visit CMB Print Works’ website to see more of their work that they’ll have at the Royal Bison: www.caitlinbodewitz.com

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