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Kalika Bowlby Helps Slow Down A Busy World.

Kalika Bowlby, ceramic artist and designer, first joined Bison in 2015 and is joining us again for Spring 2018 and we are so excited to have her join us again! Kalika had this to say about her work: "I make pots for every day, for simple meals and grand feasts, morning coffee or tea with friends, handmade contemporary ceramics with a focus on simplicity and functionality." Uggghhh.. That just sounds so APPEALING. We love it! Keep up with Kalika's progress on instagram (@kalikabowlby) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring her to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
KALIKA: I make objects to slow us down in a busy world. They are objects that invite us to set the table, take time to prepare and share a meal, reminders that eating and drinking can nourish us on many levels, objects to help us celebrate the simple, beautiful moments of every day.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
KALIKA: I have a new line of white minimalist tableware.  It is a celebration of timelessness and simplicity.  

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
KALIKA: I am currently working on a project titled “Hold Water”.  I’m developing a series of glazes from locally harvested river clay and using it on the surface of large forms that “hold water”, bringing attention to the preciousness of our water sources.  

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
KALIKA: A couple contemporary ceramic makers that I really admire and am constantly inspired by are Mike Helke and Giselle Hicks.

www.kalika.ca <<< Head on over to Kalika's portfolio site to see her full portfolio of work!

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An Ode To Alberta In The Exquisitely Crafted Jewelry Of Smithstine Copper

Smithstine is a one-woman studio creating prairie inspired and custom copper jewelry and accessories. Kristine MacDonald, of Smithstine Copper, has been making jewelry since 2011, first joining us for the holiday season in 2013. "Copper has become my metal of choice because it is soft, shines up beautifully and is not particularly common in jewelry making. My copper designs are mainly prairie related because I appreciate Alberta's diverse features, creatures and landmarks." Kristine will be joining us again for the December weekend of the fair and we're real excited to see her again! Follow her on instagram / twitter to keep up with her new work and read on down below to see how she responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
SC: It’s a privilege to be an artist in a city with so many creative minds and so many supports in place to help us grow.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
SC: Nature, camping and road trips.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
SC: I love all of my bison treasures! I especially like a large, woven wall hanging that reminds me of the arctic that I picked up a few years ago.

Swing on over to www.smithstine.com to check out the full shop!

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