POTTERY

Sam Knopp: Playful & Minimal Ceramics

This is the final instalment of our Winter 2018 Vendor Previews! Thanks for following along - anything above this post is for Spring 2019 or later!

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?
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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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Unique, Time-Travelling, Well-Made Ceramics: Stranger Design

Stranger Design is a ceramics company that creates house ware product that are unique, designed, and from the future: in other words, STRANGE. Molly Bradford, operator of Stranger Design, joined us before in December 2017 and was a comfortable fit. Her use of colours and texture on ceramics was mesmerising. We are elated to have her back! You can keep up with Molly's day-to-day design life on instagram (@stranger_design_) and read on down below to see who Molly's designer/maker/creative crushes are! ♥♥♥

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Q: What draws you to making/designing things?
SD: I like to make, just to see what might happen.

Q: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
SD: For Spring I’ve been focusing on a lot of vases and flower pots with minimal decoration.

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Q: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018:
SD: This year I want to stretch my hand building muscles and use a slab roller to create some new forms.

Q: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes: 
SD: I don’t think I would be alone in admitting my huge crush on potter Helen Levi and her pal, woodworker, Ariele Alasko. Also, Eric Roinestad is practically a potter from outer space and I love his work. It looks like a bunch of perfect shapes glued together, but very elegant.

You can find the rest of Molly's breathtaking work online at www.stranger-design.squarespace.com

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Celebrate The Simple, Beautiful Moments Of Everyday Life With Kalika Bowlby Pottery

Kalika Bowlby Pottery makes 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. Kalika started working in pottery in 2006 and joining us for her first Bison in 2014. She will be joining us again for the December weekend of our fair and we're super excited to see her new work! You can find her amazing work on instagram (@kalikabowlbyand read on down below to see how she responded to our questionnaire:

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Q: What does being a Canadian maker mean to you?
KBP: It means connecting with people.  It means making objects with care to bring more nourishment into people's daily life. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
KBP: My garden-growing and sharing food are some of my favourite things and they constantly inspire the objects I make. Simplicity and craftsmanship- I strive to make timeless objects with attention to all the detail. Design and architecture that focus on functionality and spaciousness. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
KBP: Salt and pepper shakers from Tomnuk-they are part of every meal! And this bold but minimal brass bracelet from Hunt Amor.

Head on over to www.kalika.ca to check out the full collection of Kalika's work. It's bonkers good!

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