Spent yesterday deciphering and making new tests.

Spent yesterday deciphering and making new tests. This aspect of creating through experimentation is what keeps the fire burning within. As other potters can attest, it is a long road to finding the right glaze. 
#mnoclay #pottery #contemporaryceramics #ceramics #glaze#canadianceramics #newbrunswick #canada #lichen #kiln #alteredclay#glazetests #mnopottery #alchamy #chemistry #trialanderror #testtesttest

Darren Emenau
The slow and steady. Making larger batches of the newest tests.

The slow and steady. Making larger batches of the newest tests. So grateful to have the time to experiment through funding from @artsnb. Also sporting the great Marino wool, alpaca and silk hat made by my talented friend @krystalmwithak. 
#mnoclay #pottery #contemporaryceramics #ceramics #glaze#canadianceramics #newbrunswick #canada #lichen #kiln #alteredclay#glazetests #mnopottery #alchamy #chemistry #trialanderror #testtesttest

Darren Emenau
“When I see Anna Torma’s embroideries,...

Thanks Darren Emenau and Te East Coast Arts and Culture!
“When I see Anna Torma’s embroideries, I can’t help but be pulled into the details that reveal a rich array of stories full of mysticism, playfulness, animated characters, flowers and monsters. Her work is meticulously hand-stitched into stories on fine silk or raw hemp, mercerized cotton, or manufactured fabric. The longer I stand in front of her pieces, the more enamored I become—They truly are a feast for the eyes.

She has been producing these large-scale hand embroideries for a long time, and is recognized both nationally and internationally.” (Darren Emenau)

Darren Emenau
Contemplating the beauty of snow and water.


Contemplating the beauty of snow and water. And to think 60-80mm of rain is coming Friday and Saturday. The world is out of whack, but we hang on to what we have. 3 days in a row on skis and I’m bushed. Need nature time to think of new work ideas. 47 going on 15. 
Ocean ski day. 
#irvingnaturepark🌲 #ski #crosscountryskiing#bayoffundy #oceanski #newbrunswick#happyplace #mnoclay — at Irving Nature Park, Saint John New Brunswick.

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Toronto Design Offsite Festival is sharing some love for Saint John in January.Geof Ramsay has curated collection of items for the exhibition 'Outside the Box.' Works by Darren EmenauJeneca Klausen jewelleryCreatedHere,Savoie Baskets and a new piece by Geof himself will be exhibit alongside some of the best design from other cities across North America. Best of all, it's going to NYCxDESIGN in May 2018!


Saint John 2018

This collection of goods from designers, artists and makers of the Saint John region represents the convergence of long held traditions of craft, and the influence geography of this place has on its culture of making. The selected pieces are also a snapshot of Maritime design sensibilities; some bridging the gap between deeply rooted cultural icons and contemporary design, others subverting expectations of ‘handicraft.’

Design of the Saint John region is diverse in its cultural influences; from its First Nations origins, to the infiltration of 19th century New England fashions. This confluence of culture and style has fostered a history of invention and a culture of making something from nothing. Knowing this history, I wanted to bring together makers whose work represents these narratives – such as basket weaving (Mme. Savoie) and rug making (Ms. Morell) – but done so through a modern light.

Greater Saint John is rich in rugged, sublime beauty, not just in nature, but in the fabric of the City itself. The modern face of Saint John is a blue collar one that has weathered many years of hard economic times. Selecting pieces such as Mr. Emenau’s vase and Ms. Klausen’s necklace that capture the gritty beauty of Saint John – found in both its geographic character and in its people’s faces – was an important story to include.

The final piece of the collection captures the next progression of design in Saint John, and Maritimes – reframing and re-imagining ubiquitous elements and icons of this place through a modern lens. This classic diner style mug merges familiar vernacular form with the nostalgia of down home comfort into a modern product for the home.

Correspondent: Geof Ramsay

Geof Ramsay | www.geoframsay.com
Darren Emenau | www.mnoclay.com
Jeneca Klausen  | www.jenecaklausen.com
Doris-Ann Savoie | www.facebook.com/savoiebaskets
Marie-Hélène Morell | www.createdhere.ca

Darren Emenau
An honour to have been selected for an A grant from @artsnb. 

An honour to have been selected for an A grant from @artsnb. Congratulations to all grant recipients. 
Let the work commence! https://umma.umaine.edu/
Press release:

Lofa will be presented as a solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor, Maine, USA, from Sept. 14-Dec. 29, 2018, in its 570-square-foot main gallery.

Lofa is a new body of approximately 100 works in clay that builds on my experimental approach to contemporary ceramic sculpture. It is comprised of two subcategories: approximately 50 new ceramic sculptural “vessels” in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes that will be displayed on custom-made plinths; and a large-scale vertical wall installation of 50 three-dimensional relief works. Each of these approximately 12-inch-squared works will be unique, but together will create a unified whole.

Darren Emenau
A super thank's to all who came out for the MNO Clay Christmas sale.


A super thank's to all who came out for the MNO Clay Christmas sale. A big turn out. I am always humbled by the support from local folks. When I catch my breath, I'll be mailing out work to those buyers from far away. 😀

You can find my work at: @tuckstudio @handworksgallerysj @johnlwelling @galleryonqueen_fineart
#pottery #canadianceramics #mnopottery #mnoclay#mnopotterysale #makeanddoceramics #clay#canada #handmadepottery — in Browns Flat, New Brunswick.

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