We love to combine symbols of gratitude through light
As Russia declared war on Ukraine in February 2022, Marie Drolet contacted Oleksandr Polishchuk, a ceramist and colleague from Kyiv, Ukraine. She invited him to Canada and share her workspace in Wakefield, Quebec. He agreed, arrived, and they soon began to explore a true collaboration. What started in the ashes of war, germinated, and grew into L'atelier de l'Aube. This is a project that combines illumination with delicate porcelain. They believe that “the conviction of Earth’s peace will be found in the creativity of light.”
Marie Drolet, Founder
In the early 2000s, Marie Drolet was introduced to ceramics by her father, who was also a potter. She continued her artistic explorations and studies in visual arts at ceramic studios in Ontario and the United States.
In 2014, Marie launched Muraï Céramique, a Quebec community-focused studio that creates colourful functional pottery while teaching others about the art form. In 2018, she found porcelain, and things started to grow.
For Marie, the translucency of porcelain offers a symbolic representation of the divine spark contained within each of us. Combining light in the material envelope of porcelain is a way to invoke an ethereal place that lets us remember how we all came from the same source. It’s an invitation to discover how we can be free from corporality.
When creating, she asks herself: “How can we echo the origins of the World into being human?”
So, she engraves. She sculpts. She celebrates symbols to express our shared organic fluidity and grace.
Oleksandr Polishchuk, Founder
Oleksandr became a ceramic artist in 2007, after working in Kyiv, Ukraine at a decorative and architectural ceramic manufacturing company as the lead engineer and project manager. He has 15 years of understanding of the technical requirements to produce large projects and realize the potential of any client's dreams.
Oleksandr takes a monumental stylistic approach to every project, from outdoor benches, fireplaces, garden sculptures, mosaics, and lamps. He uses many techniques to realize sculptural projects.
His projects explore how we show the vital energy of nature’s primordial elements with contemplation and innovation. Oleksandr asks, “How can Earth, wind, fire, and water ground us to start engaging in larger spiritual and cultural conversations?”. Oleksandr’s decorative patterns encourage his meticulous and detailed work during which the state of mind of the artist is linked to ancient human memory.
He is now excited to combine ancient and contemporary techniques in ceramics to bring L’atelier de l'Aube porcelain artwork to life