Cooking for family and creating pottery—these two things are tightly bound together for Edith Bourgault, the designer behind Art & Manufacture Céramique, a much-loved line of handmade housewares from the Eastern Townships of Québec, Canada.
Nearly every time she steps into the kitchen to make a meal for her two sons, Bourgault leaves with plans for another potting project: un grand bol à fruit, un plateau de fromage, deux bouteilles pour l’huile et le vinaigre, quatre tasses à café, une grand théière. When she needs a big, beautiful, white-and-cobalt-blue serving bowl for, say, a family-sized pot of bouilli, she makes it. And when she needs tree ornaments, she heads for the kitchen cupboards.
“I always made a lot of cookies for the holiday season with my children, and I have a huge collection of cookie cutters,” Bourgault says. “One day, I decided to make some ceramic cookies for our Christmas tree.” She cut owls, foxes, squirrels, moose, even tiny pines from sheets of clay. She tossed them into the kiln. She added the underglaze, some of her signature cobalt-blue flourishes, the overglaze. “And, since then, it’s been a tradition for us in the workshop.”