Twinette Poterie

Small Batch Pottery. Made in Chicago.

Hi! Welcome and thanks for stopping by. I am Emilie Bouvet-Boisclair, the face behind Twinette Poterie.

I found my life's work in clay. Clay can be formed into almost anything- it lends itself to purely artistic sculptures or highly functional intimate work. I tread the line between both. My work most often begins on a potter's wheel with a ball of moist clay. From there I will embellish using any number of techniques- from carving, inlay, colored clays and detailed painting. The pieces are always personal - made by my two hand from start to finish.

My memory is visual, and kernels of inspiration draw from the landscapes of long car rides through the Quebec country side as a child; intimate moments in the woods of upstate NY and trips to the ocean and beyond. I hope that my work lives in those moments of pause and reflection- a favorite mug for a quiet morning coffee with a newspaper. Or in moments of coming together, the dishes used for at a supper, spent well with friends and family on a summer evening on a the back deck. When a piece finds use in a new home with someone who appreciates the small surprises it holds, it continues to live beyond my making it- and becomes part in the user’s story. I am grateful each time my work enters a small part of a fellow human's routine or living space.

Twinette Poterie is for after my grandmother, Antoinette- her nickname. It symbolizes my French Canadian roots, character and perseverance. It brings to mind my home province of farm land and open skies. I want my work to be functional, imbued with joy upon using, and maybe a whisper of a memory when times were simpler.

Gallery Showings 2019

Flower City Arts Center, NY- “Good Things… Come in Small Packeges”. Juried by Renee LoPresti.

James May Gallery, WI- “Working Pots III”. Juried by Nick DeVries.

Amelia Center Gallery, FL- “Eleventh Annual Cup Show: Form and Function”. Juried by Adam Field.

Worcester Center for Crafts, MA- “The Bowl Show”. Juried by Martha Grover.

I spend focused reflective time on my studio practice. From a ball of clay my goal is to make an object that is a pleasure to look upon and a joy to use.
— Emilie