Montreal based ceramist, Bojana Kolarevic, 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. The dark element of clay is balanced with tones of white satin glaze. She draws her inspiration from the sudden body movements reflected in her work, which is unrefined and open to interpretation.
In late 2018, Meriel’s love of clay was born here at Atelier Forma as she completed both Hand Building and Wheel Throwing sessions, before then becoming a regular member of our Open Studio. With Bojana's encouragement, Meriel continued her ceramic education at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount, and began teaching the Intro workshops, then later the Wheel Levels 1 and 2 classes. From student to teacher, Studio Technician to Studio Manager, Meriel’s part-time curiosity has grown rapidly into her full-time passion.
I started my studies in Mexico in glaze development and first learned wheel throwing manually with master Alberto Diaz De Cossio. My fascination lies with the magic that happens in the glazes during the cone 10 firing process. The constant challenges of wheel throwing and the alchemy behind the glazes are keeping me alert as clay has so much to teach me with every piece I make.
I come to clay from a background in sculpture and visual arts. As a maker, I am oriented towards sensual engagement with material, repetition, and craft as an embodied practice. I work primarily with hand-building, creating ceramic objects both sculptural and functional.
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.
Sarah started working with clay in 2019 and fell in love with the physicality of the practice. She has completed classes at other studios in Calgary and Montreal, and is proud to be a part of the community at Atelier Forma.
Check out her work at sarahelisabeth.ca
I took my first wheel throwing class to manage my stress when I was working in Alberta in 2017. I got back into pottery when I moved to Montreal as a way to practice French and meet new people. My favourite thing about working with clay is creatively incorporating mistakes into a design to celebrate the "happy little accidents," like Bob Ross would say.
I am from Quebec and I have always loved playing with earth and clay. I am very passionate about transfering this connection to clay, especially to kids. I teach hand-building kid’s workshops and supervise open studios at Atelier Forma since 2020. My work with hand-building involves constant exploration of new textures, glazes and finishes. The next chapter is wheel throwing!