Our story

What stands today as Atelier Forma started as an after-hours Montreal pottery project and sanctuary-making space in a Saint Henri single-car garage. In 2022, In collaboration, Bojana and her partner Nico have decided to merge their passions for ceramics and craftsmanship and establish a creative hub in the city with two locations that support local artists and makers. You can read more about the whole evolution of the project here.

Bojana Kolarevic

Montreal based artist, Bojana has been honing her skills in ceramics since 2012. She is the founder of Atelier Forma,  the space which focuses on bringing together Montreal’s artist community. Originally an Interior Designer, Bojana has merged her passion for ceramics with her design practice. Her preferred medium is black stoneware, often left unglazed to reveal the raw qualities of clay.

Nicolas Mory

Nico is a Computer Scientist with a strong background in ecological modeling and a special focus on Green Infrastructure, Agroecology and Human-to-Other-Than-Human interactions. He has been working as a consultant in various environmental fields for over a decade and joined Atelier Forma as a partner in 2022. Since then, he has created and implemented multiple human-scale and computer-level systems which have helped streamline our services to our greater audience.

He also periodically organizes foraging workshops, wilderness immersions and natural sound bathing sessions in the scope of culturing bridges between Human and More-Than-Human Life while providing opportunities for Deep Listening/Relaxation in an often disconnected and hectic World.

Nomi Juhasz

Nomi is a queer ceramicist and textile artist. Having worked with clay since childhood, they have found it is an excellent medium with which to express and embody emotion. Nomi primarily works on the wheel, but is also very comfortable with a variety of different techniques. Nomi especially likes throwing lidded vessels and large pots. Nomi is currently studying glaze chemistry, and how to make their own glazes. Nomi used they/them, and iel pronouns.

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Tara Dougans 

With a specific interest in non-linear and body-informed making practices, I am attracted to the feeling-focused nature of working with clay. In parallel to sculpture, I explore colour and form with sound, and through touch – and work across drawing, painting, audiovisual collage (video) and (improv) movement.

Brenda Toscano

Brenda came to Montreal from Mexico, to get her PhD in neuroscience. She stumbled into the world of ceramics during a quest to add a little more "life" to her work/life balance. After her first introductory workshop she was hooked. Ceramics became a space to unplug and play with a physical hands-on medium, while retaining that familiar technical aspect to the process that links it to science. What she loves the most is infinite creativity you can infuse to the forms created with just a humble piece of clay. What started as a mental escape has become a growing passion.

Sarah Daw-Girard 

My name is Sarah Daw-Girard. My role is primarily that of studio technician at Atelier Forma, though I occasionally teach ceramics, too. Pottery lives at the intersection of worlds that I love dearly. I am interested in the way by which our disposition can affect raw material and how it in turn affects us. I tend to think about this practice as one that is a dance, that represents a relationship, and as a process of weaving rather than as a road leading to a destination. I draw inspiration from a variety of fields, and careers, both past and present.

Terri Hron

Terri Hron  iis a multidisciplinary artist and arts worker. Mainly working in music and sound art performance, her practice also includes movement, ceramics and writing. She is also the director of the Canadian New Music Network and teaches music and ceramics. More of her work:

Rebecca Phaneuf-Thibault

Rébecca has a hard time getting her hands out of clay, be it in the garden or in the ceramic studio. When she’s not introducing people to pottery, she loves to adventure in the mountains on her skis, down rivers in canoes and in her studio making ceramic jewelry. She has a soft spot for drinking coffee in bed, bringing new projects to life, going for long runs with her dog Bali and making delicious feasts for her friends.

Laure Masson

Après des études en arts visuels en France, je me suis formée à la céramique à Québec, avant de venir vivre à Montréal. J’aime et pratique autant le façonnage que le tournage, je dessine et j’adore enseigner !

Owen Herlin

Owen is a Toronto/Montreal artist exploring ceramics and fibres using decay as narrative inspiration. Some pieces explore a lush and vibrant world, while others are consumed by the ever-expanding deserts across once-fertile land. The work comes to life through its functionality, bridging the gap between art object and everyday usability with careful consideration for material origin. Sustainability and regeneration is explored through each work's eventual decomposition and material origin. Owen’s research involves the integration of local materials into practical functional applications. His work has been shown at Stephen Bulger, Albright Knoxx, Eastern Bloc, and Art Mûr.

Naomi Charron

Naomi  first laid her hands on clay in 2004 and has been in love with it ever since. She completed her formal ceramics training in 2012 and now sells her creations around the world. Her work can be found on Etsy, Chic Basta, Port-au-Persil in Charlevoix and at select fairs and expos. She brings her considerable passion to teaching, sharing her unique problem-solving skills and creating a supportive environment often filled with laughter. Her teaching style helps people find their joy in clay and discover the enrichment that it offers. Her studio can be found at Espace Bouette in Mile End.

Sabrina Clermont

Real jack-of-all-trades, when I do not have my hands in the clay, you will find me wrapped in macramé thread or fingers full of plaster. Plants and pottery – passions that drive me – have the earth in common, but above all they call for discipline, intuition and self-giving. This is what I hope to be able to convey to you in my classes. For me, creation sits in sharing and in a bit of freedom. Political scientist and literature by training, functional neurodivergent, I aspire to transmit my knowledge to you in a structured way but without rigidity.