trend watch - ceramics

The February issue of Chatelaine on newsstands now has a couple pages dedicated to the trends we're seeing right now. (There are in fact a even more on Personally, I love writing about trends. It's always exciting to talk about what is new and making everyone look twice. Once a month I thought I would delve into a trends story here - whatever I see picking up speed out there in the ether.

Like January's find - ceramics.

ceramics_01These beautifully textured bowls are by Janaki Larsen, a Canadian potter based in Vancouver. They're available at Marche St. George (which looks like a really amazing cafe/store. Is it West Coasters?) I'd love a huge stack of these on my open shelves.



These mugs designed by Japanese artist Takashi Endo look like they would make morning coffee that much better. He prefers a thinness and textural quality to his work. His work is available at Analogue Life.

ed9e8a56017780cd835d0963f8a74c50This tall, sculptural jug designed by artist Steve Leaning is finished in a semi-matt blur glaze. The form is so simple and elegant and I love the way the handle looks like it was just gently attached to the body of the vessel.

filipapimentelThese mugs and pitcher are by Canadian ceramicist Filipa Pimentel. Her work is inspired by the ocean which you can see more clearly in some of her other pieces in this line. Filipa's work is available at the Likely General in Toronto and at Bluebird Shop.

W474-H474-14956_11.26.13.Mjolk1750Finally if you're interested in this contemporary vase by Japanese artist Kouichi Uchida  you better act fast. There is only one left. Available at Mjolk in Toronto.


And before we go, I'm happy to announce that Sara is the winner of the Cloud Cashmere Griffin. Sara is not afraid to wear ski goggles to work along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to keep her mascara in tact! We hope this keeps you warm as well!

cloud cashmere - giveaway

-38 degrees celsius! That's what our forecast was yesterday in Toronto and I know we're not the only ones experiencing a cold spell. Getting myself dressed and out the door on these mighty cold mornings is one thing but getting my children bundled up is something else entirely. As a child who grew up in the frozen Prairies in the seventies before goretex and fleece we're on everyone's lips I remember the bite of frozen toes and stinging ears.


Finding the right gear to send your child out the door in can be challenging so I love it when I come across a product that not only looks good but is smartly designed as well. This snug hat-scarf combo made of the softest cashmere keeps your child's ears and neck warm and provides a cocoon of comfort.

cloudmodels-26Cloud Cashmere is the brainchild of two friends, Marina Dempster and Tanya Fenkell, who lived together in a very cold apartment in Montreal. Bonded by their love of knitting they joined forces years later (with Alison Currie - owner of Toronto's Cashmere Shop) to make warm scarves and hats. Plans for an adult line are in the works and should be ready by year-end. cloudstock-51

Cloud Cashmere is kindly giving away one of their Griffin pieces to one of my readers. In order to enter, leave a comment on this post telling me how you stay warm by January 16th. This giveaway is open to all my readers! Also check out at Cloud Cashmere's instagram feed to see mum's wearing their children's Griffin! (I think I would steal it away too!)


Enter away!

**For those of you who made a New Year's Resolution to learn a new craft, Marina and Tanya will be hosting a Learn To Knit session at Smock Cafe and Wonder Workshop starting on January 13th. You can sign up here.

we have a winner

Congratulations to Meredith you've won the Alanna Cavanagh print. blue orn cardOne of Alanna's new holiday cards

Meredith wrote:

I know that if I were to win, I would gift this print to my lovely mum, who has a thing for both Chanel No. 5 and green chairs – so what a tricky decision!I suppose the chair might win out, because I can see it complementing her little storey-and-a-half bedroom so beautifully. Thanks for the chance to win, and Happy Christmas!

It looks like your mum will be having an extra special Christmas this year! Big thanks to Alanna for hosting the giveaway.