mno clay [our city out loud]

Have you ever seen a cuter little spot? One of my favourite adventures is making my way to Darren Emenau’s country shop in Browns Flat, New Brunswick for his annual Christmas and Spring sales. If you haven’t been, keep your eye here for dates. I assure you it is worth the drive! Darren does incredible work with clay, and you will often see his pottery scattered throughout my food photography because I love it so! His vessels are extremely versatile, and I find the aesthetic of his pieces very appealing to the eye. They are refined, yet maintain a natural quality and vary greatly in size and shape. He also makes other stunning collections of work not pictured below.

I have been a fan of mno clay for many years, but have gotten to know Darren and his work much better since marrying into the Wallace family. My sister-in-law is great friends with Darren and the entire family has tons of pieces of his work throughout their abodes. It has been a refreshing and eye-opening experience, being further exposed to the method behind Darren’s creativity.

This past spring, a few friends and I attended a pottery workshop with Darren and each of us made a pretty little vase! It was a great experience and so rewarding to create a beautiful piece that now holds a cute succulent and is enjoyed daily. Be sure to get in touch if you would like to plan an enjoyable afternoon working with clay! Here are a few pictures from our day with Darren.

A few places where you can find mno pottery are: Tuck Studio, Handworks Gallery and The Barn in Bloomfield. Check out a recent article in east coast living magazine about his current work and some amazing things coming up including solo shows at the University of Maine Museum of Art next fall, and at the Saskatchewan Craft Council in spring 2019. Keep making beautiful things, Darren. I can’t get enough!