n.m. [lat. Substratum]
An underlying substance or layer.
Substrat Studio is the creative space of the designer and maker Marianne Chénard. It is a place of creation aiming to facilitate the construction of unique practical objects made of sustainable materials. By promoting the importance of craft and handmade goods, Substrat Studio creates innovative objects designed to enhance our daily lives.
Marianne has been a professional ceramist for 10 years. Her artistic approach reflects her interest in Canada: its history and landscapes, its status as a Nordic country, and the associated clichés and themes that emerge throughout its culture. Marianne’s practice is also noted for its exploration of various technical treatments of clay surfaces. She prefers porcelain—a gracious material that is at once delicate and indestructible and which, when fired in a kiln, becomes a repository. By collaborating with artists and designers who share similar values, Marianne wants to guide consumers into the questioning of objects’ provenance along with the ethics that define their manufacture. Through her work, she invites thoughtful and responsible consumption, and as such, a return to basics.