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Aline Bertin
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Montréal, Quebec, Canada

ABOUT

Originally from the east coast of New Brunswick, I draw inspiration from the delicate natural world, colors and textures of the ocean and the night sky. I am drawn to the intimacy of creating things for the home. A table filled with beautiful objects enriches our lives, and there is something timeless about a simple cup. In my work I try to bring out an earthy beauty while throwing hints to the urban underworld and the history of visual art.

When I create my ceramic pieces I like to think of sculpture. After moving to Montreal I studied at Centre de Céramique Bonsecours where I learned ceramic techniques and at Concordia University in fine arts, and I try to bring both these influences together. I have shown my sculptures at the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec and I have displayed my functional craft pieces at Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal.

WHY WE'RE ONE OF A KIND

I maintained a spot in a very small studio for a number of years before deciding to market my ceramics on a larger scale. This period was valuable to me because I allowed myself the freedom to explore and dream. I think it is important to keep this spirit alive in my work. Though I now produce some of my pieces in series I continue to allow my work to evolve and give time for the occasional whimsical experiment and the pleasure of creating. I like the way the craft of ceramics makes us slow down and spend time in the physical and sensual world, and I try to bring a little of that feeling into the pieces I make.

All my ceramics are handcrafted from start to finish. Each piece is unique even if it is done in a similar style. I love to mix my own glazes and to create pastel and matt finishes not usually seen in commercial ceramics. My striped cups and bowls are hand carved. Though time consuming I feel it gives the lines a lovely natural, subtle irregularity like ridges in sand. And when I use colors I often let them bleed into diffuse smoky patterns that are impossible to replicate. My designs are often stark, simple and bold—a mix of contemporary and classical.

PRIMARY MATERIALS

Porcelain, colored clay and food safe glazes.

SHIPPING POLICY

I ship by Canada Post using their most economical expedited service, but will ship by a faster service upon request. Canada Post ships to the farthest point in Canada or the U.S. in 10 business days. If you live closer to Montreal shipping times will generally be sooner.

I package my pottery carefully to avoid breakage. If damage does occur contact me by email within 7 days of the delivery with a picture of the broken piece and I will replace it with a piece of your choice and of the same value.

 
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