Les Faiseurs is the new pottery workshop in Montreal targeted at exploring the form, function and fun of ceramics. The atelier – which merges a workshop, café, gallery and shop – offers a holistic approach to pot-making; fit for beginner-spinners and ceramic connoisseurs alike.

The owner and entrepreneur behind Les Faiseurs only started making pots herself two years ago. Right away, she was hooked. ‘I quickly noticed that I wasn’t the only one: everyone around me was becoming enthralled with this new activity,’ she explains. ‘However, I found that spaces in Montreal that allow for exploration of this art form and its different expressions, were lacking. That’s what pushed me to launch Les Faiseurs.’

As well as making pots here, guests can also eat from them. The menu – which includes recipes developed in partnership with Christelle Tanielian, author of the Christelle is Flabbergasting blog – infuses fresh, seasonal products from local producers; take the coffee, for example, which which comes from coffee roaster ZAB café, served on site.

Local design firm Catherine Catherine was tasked with creating the multifunctional space, with the aim of making it a relaxed environment in which to learn about lustre, and pot-peruse. The design duo (made up of Catherine Gomes-Aubin and Catherine Breton-Potvin) were keen for the different functions of the space to feel distinct, yet complementary, achieved by a wall of windows between showroom and workshop, linked by a conjoining, bespoke mural. The bijou space is rounded-off with the welcome addition of a picture-perfect terrace.

First and foremost, this is a place of zen, where the therapeutic qualities of hand-forming a pot are impressed upon and celebrated. As Les Frasieurs’ signature tote bags read, ‘Pottery is the new yoga’. §