artist's statement

The word “souvenir” in French carries two meanings. One is similar to the English definition as something that serves as a reminder; an object, a collectible, a photograph. The second speaks to the action of remembering: the survival in memory of a sensation, an impression, an idea; an awareness of a past event.



My art practice articulates itself around interest in how our connection to the environment is shaped through our personal and collective memories. My works reveal sensitivities to the notion of perception around history, place, memory and absence, and is strongly influenced by an exploration of nature. I use various printmaking techniques on clay and ceramic processes to create sculptures that illustrate fictional but realistic landscapes through imagery, form and contrast of material. I use porcelain, a material with strong historical implications and properties, that is delicate and indestructible at once and which, when fired, becomes an archival artifact. Exhibiting a strong contrast between fragility and permanence, my work explores the indefinite line of what is imagined versus what is actually experienced and the construction of memories.




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
2016 | 2018 – Exposition des finalistes, Prix François-Houdé, La Guilde, Montréal, Qc
2017 – Ô Canada, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medecine Hat, AB

2017 Dishes, Medalta International show, Medalta Medicine Hat, AB Canada

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 – 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

2018 –  Research and development grant, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec (CALQ) Canada

2012 – Mention d’honneur, Prix François-Houdé, Conseil des métiers d’arts du Québec Montréal, Qc

Residencies and internships

2018 – Workshop with mold maker Robin Martinet from Limoge France, Porcelaine Bousquet Qc

2017 – Artist in residence, Medalta International Artist in Residence Program,Medicine Hat, AB

2014 – Artist in residence, Medalta International Artist in Residence Program,Medicine Hat, AB

2013 – Artist in residence, Maison des métiers d’arts de Québec, Qc

2018 –  Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada

2018 | 2017- Cabbagetown art and craft sale, Toronto, ON Canada

2018 |2017 – Etsy Market, Ottawa, ON Canada

2018 | 2009 – PucePOP Montréal craftsale, Montréal, Qc Canada

2017 – Fusion Show, Toronto, ON Canada

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

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 | 2011- Souk@SAt marché de design, Montréal Qc

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  
2018 | present –  Director of Ceramics, The Visual Arts Center, Montreal Qc, Canada
2014 | present –  Ceramic Instructor, teaching severals workshops on ceramic and print at Atelier Aluminé, Atelier Make, Gaia Céramique, Centre d’arts Rozynski, Kingston Potter’s
Guild and other privates studios in Québec and Ontario, Canada
2017 | present – Ceramic Instructor, teaching introduction to hand building to children, Atelier – Boutique les Faiseurs, Montreal Qc, Canada
2018 – Invited Artist/Speaker, Concordia University, Montreal, Qc 
2018 – Invited Artist/Speaker, Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) Calgary AB,
2018 – Invited Artist/Speaker, North Mount Pleasant Arts Center, Calgary AB, Canada
2014 | 2011 – Ceramic Instructor, ceramic and printmaking classes, The Visual Arts Center Montreal, Qc Canada
2013 – Ceramic Instructor, College education level, Maison des Métiers d’arts du Québec, Québec city, Qc Canada
2013 –  Ceramic Instructor, Centre de céramique de Ste-Foy, Québec city, Qc Canada
2010 – Ceramic Instructor, initiation to pottery for kids, École Margaret Manson, Montreal, Qc Canada