artist's statement

The importance I attach to the history of ceramics in Canada is fundamental to my research. I am inspired by stoneware containers once manufactured here, and which were used to store our food. I try to revive their meaning by imbuing them with a new symbolic significance. My explorations are strongly influenced by issues related to identity; those that define us as a people and those that are much more personal. An identity that is marked by our status as a Nordic country, our scenery, our land and our experiences of winter. Our identity is also touched by its reflection, the mirror image that is returned by those who observe us. It is a consideration of these powerful symbols – that define us or that are imposed upon us – that allows me to create works that reveal striking contrasts between form, material and imagery.


My uncommon approach comes from my training in both visual arts and ceramics. I use various printing techniques on the clay, such as screen printing and linocuts. I prefer porcelain, a gracious material that is at once delicate and indestructible, and which, when baked, becomes a repository. Porcelain is thus a tangible and material witness to the fragility of our environment and our relationship with it. It represents the nostalgia that unites us to our memories and to the passing of time. At the heart of my approach, my work questions our relationship to the past, to our present and to the context in which we move forward.


main_large_Marianne Chenard Ceramiste

Marianne Chenard is a ceramist and visual artist. Her artistic approach reflects her interest in Canadian history, its landscapes, its status as a Nordic country, and the associated clichés, themes that emerge as much in the forms she reinterprets as in the personal imagery she develops. These lend a remarkable consistency to her two creative universes: in situ installations and functional ware. Marianne’s practice is also noted for its exploration of various technical treatments of clay surfaces. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Qué bec, Canada and France. She has taken part in several artist residencies, with Medalta in Alberta and the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, among others, has received an honourable mention from the Prix François-Houdé du Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec and frequently offers specialized training in image transfer techniques. Marianne holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Originally from Rimouski, she lives and works in Montreal.

curriculum vitae
Baccalauréat en Art Visuel, 2008
Emily Carr Intitute of Art+Design, Vancouver, BC
Diplôme Collégial en arts plastiques, 2003
Cégep du Vieux- Montréal, Montréal, Qc
Individual exhibitions
2013 – Nordicité, Maison des métiers d’arts de Québec, Qc
2012 – Les produits de l’érable, Ateliers du Trois Cinquième, Québec, Qc
2010 – Ma Cabane au Canada, Gaia Céramique, Montréal, Qc
2008 – Remade/Re-fabriqué au Canada, The Plank Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 – L’âme de fonds, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, Montréal, Qc
Collectives exhibitions
2017 – Ô Canada, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medecine Hat, AB
2016 | 2017 – Exposition des finalistes, Prix François-Houdé, La Guilde, Montréal, Qc
2016 – 260 Fingers, The Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa, ON
2015 – Matière et Mémoire : la terre et ses maîtres céramistes, Musée de la Culture Populaire, Trois-Rivières, Qc
2014 – Spoon Me, Medalta International spoon show, Medalta Medicine Hat, AB
2014 – Medalta International Artist in Residency Final Exhibition Beehive Kiln Gallery and Old Factory, Medalta Medicine Hat, AB
2013 – HOTMUD – A National Survey of Contemporary Canadian Emerging Ceramists Burlington Art Center, ON
2012 | 2013 – Exposition des finalistes, Prix François-Houdé, Galerie CRÉA, Montréal, Qc
2012 – La céramique dans tous ces états, Centre d’exposition du Vieux Presbytère, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville Qc
2012 – Exposition de céramique contemporaine québécoise, Bandol, France
2012 – Matière et Mémoire : la terre et ses maîtres céramistes, Centre d’art de Kamouraska, Qc
2010 – Nature au Pluriel, Fondation Muséums Nature Montréal, Qc
2009 – I’m Fine You’re Fine. 14 Artists Respond to Climat Change, On the Rise Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 – Craft Sale, The Plank Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 – AL203 2Si02 2HO2, The Plank Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 – Artiste invitée du mois d’août, Gallery of BC Ceramic, Vancouver, BC
2008 – The Cheaper Show, Storium, Vancouver, BC
2008 – Graduation Exhibition, Emily Carr Institute of Art+Design, Vancouver, BC
2008 – Pedestrian, Emily Carr Institute of Art+Design, Vancouver, BC
2008 – EnGENDERed, Emily Carr Institute of Art+Design, Vancouver, BC
2007 -Visceral, Emily Carr Institute of Art+Design, Vancouver, BC
Mentions and grants
2012 – Mention d’honneur, Prix François-Houdé, Conseil des métiers d’arts du Québec Montréal, Qc
Residencies and internships
2017 – Résidence, Medalta Artist Residency, Medicine Hat, AB
2014 – Résidence, Medalta Artist Residency, Medicine Hat, AB
2013 – Résidence, Maison des métiers d’arts de Québec, Qc
2016 –  Azamit Pop-up Home show, Montréal, Qc
2016 | 2012 – One of a kind Show and Sale, Toronto,ON
2016 | 2014 – Haliburton Art and Craft Festival Haliburton ON
2017 | 2009 – PucePOP Montréal craftsale, Montréal, Qc
2015 – Cobourg Art and Craft Festival, Cobourg ON
2015 – Muskoka Art and Craft Show, Bracebridge, ON
2015 – Salon des Métiers d’Art de Montréal, Qc
2015 | 2010 – Salon Nouveau Genre, Québec Qc
2015 – Handmade Harvest, Ottawa, ON
2014 – Nature Fever Pop Up shop, Montréal Qc
2014 – Etsy Canada Pop Up shop, Montréal Qc
2014 – Collaboration avec le restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, bouteilles en édition limitée, Montréal Qc
2014 | 2011- Souk@SAt marché de design, Montréal Qc
2013 – Collaboration avec FURNI Créations, édition limitée
2013 | 2010 – 1001 POTS, Val David, Qc
2012 | 2010 – SMARTDESIGNMART craftsale, Montréal, Qc
2010 – Marché de Potiers du Haut Richelieu, St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu, Qc
Professional development  
2017 | 2016 – Cours sur la céramique et l’impression, L’Aluminé, Atelier Make, Centre d’art Rozynski, Qc
2016 | 2011 – Cours sur la céramique et l’impression, Gaia Céramique, Montréal, Qc et le Centre des arts visuels, Montréal, Qc
2013 – Cours séries, Maison des métiers d’arts de Québec, Qc
2013 – Atelier de perfectionnement, Centre de céramique de Ste-Foy, Québec, Qc
2010 – Atelier d’initiation à la poterie pour enfants, École Margaret Manson, Montréal, Qc