Woodlot Women // Chloée

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Woodlot Women // Chloée

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Woodlot Women a deep dive into the world of female representation in beauty, through honest, real talk.  We’re dedicated to sharing traditions of the past, to exposing stigmas of the present, and to inspiring hopes for the future.
To get the conversation started, we're getting up close and personal with extraordinary women from all different backgrounds to discover how their rituals have been inherited from the past, and will inspire the future.

Today, meet Vancouver based ceramic artist, Chloée.  A lucky few who placed candle orders this week will be receiving a beautiful and unique ceramic vessel with their order, made by Chloée.  One of the best parts of having something handmade is getting to know a little about the artist who created it, so we wanted to bring you a conversation with Chloée today about her history with ceramics, her process, and her rituals.  We hope you enjoy!

 

Image by Joe Gulizia (@joegulizia)

Woodlot:

What first drew you to ceramics?

Chloée:

What drew me to ceramics goes way back, I have always felt pleasure and happiness when using curated local goods and drinking my coffee from a ceramic vessel has always been one of those simple pleasures.  When I met Maggie Boyd at an event in Vancouver, we discussed that she was offering classes and that really peaked my interest in making my own little clay things.

Woodlot:

What was the biggest learning curve and what came most naturally to you?

Chloée:

My biggest learning curve was a bike accident I had almost two years ago, it took me away from making ceramics for over a year, and when I dove back in, it made me realize how important it was for me, how meditative and liberating it was to be on a wheel. It made me want to get back on a wheel more regularly and it's been amazing.

Woodlot:

Give us a peek at your process!  How do you decide what to make next and do you have any rituals associated with your practice or do you just dive into a project when inspired?

Chloée:

I love making things for my friends and family, I am always asking them what they need, what could be made better and am always up for a challenge. I love making things for myself too, trying them out at home and if I think it can be of value for people, then I make a few and offer them.

Woodlot:

Tell us about your favourite piece you’ve ever made.  What was so special about it and do you still have it or did you find it a new home?

Chloée:

The best piece I have ever made is in the kiln right now!  It is a lidded jar I felt inspired to make for all my friends and family who have started making bread, I thought it would be a great idea to make a vessel where they could store their pantry goods. And I have to mention my morning coffee cup, 6 oz of goodness, white cup with stains of coffee. My favorite.

Woodlot:

Share with us some of your rituals that are either related to your creative life or just life in general.  What keeps you centred?  Balanced?  Inspired?

Chloée:

My morning starts with my morning chemex, I grind my own beans manually, I boil water, get that going, pack it up, get on my bike and ride to the studio. I am fortunate to be helping a local ceramic artist Janaki Larsen and it has been a blessing to be able to learn from her. Being able to ride my bike, I love my alone time and stopping at the beach and being aware of the beautiful landscape that surrounds us helps me a lot with my creativity.

Woodlot:

If you could offer a piece of advice to someone starting out in ceramics or making anything for a living, what would it be?

Chloée:

Because I am in such a transition phase myself, I think the only piece of advice would be to let yourself be guided with your gut feeling, what feels right and what makes you happy. There is a drive within us all, and it's important to listen to it when it is trying to speak to us.

Woodlot:

Where can people find you and your work?

Chloée:

If you reach out on Instagram (@csamour), I am always open to sharing some of my work and seeing if anything I have would fit in your home. I am hoping for an online shop sometime in the near future.

 

Thanks to Chloée for sharing her voice and her passion with us, today. We love connecting with the women in our communities and learning more about what inspires them everyday.  We hope that those of you who will be receiving one of Chloée’s vessels this week will share with us on Instagram how you plan to incorporate them into your homes and into your daily rituals. 

Sending love + light,

xo Woodlot

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