cathy terepocki: contemporary ceramics

Contemporary ceramicist Cathy Terepocki has just sent us some new pieces to showcase here at Walrus!
We are so thrilled to share her new work with all of you!

Cathy is a ceramic artist currently living in Saskatoon, SK. She has been working full-time as a studio artist since graduating from Alberta College of Art & Design in 2004. Her work is both functional and whimsical, featuring lovely embellishments sure to make every piece a joy to use. All her work is wheel-thrown with a mid-temperature porcelain or stoneware.

Here is a sneak peek at some of her work:

Cathy Terepocki - Bowl ($47)
Cathy Terepocki - Mug ($37)

Not only does Cathy Terepocki create lovely functional pieces for the home, she makes beautiful jewellery too. Her jewellery combines printed porcelain with sterling silver or antiqued brass. Stylish, sophisticated and playful, her pieces are truly wonderful.

Cathy Terepocki - Ceramic Stud Earrings 

Cathy Terepocki - Geometric Pendant ($56)
Cathy Terepocki - Necklace ($47 - $63)

Come see Cathy Terepocki's lovely new work here at Walrus!
Hope to see you soon!

'tis wedding season!

With August just around the corner, wedding season is in full blow! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and the weather is lovely for a wedding, and that means that many of us are on the hunt for that perfect wedding gift. This can be quite the challenge. However, we at Walrus are aiming to make it as quick and easy as possible so that you can get back to enjoying the sunshine!

We have some wonderful new pieces in the store that would make lovely wedding gifts and we are excited to share them with you!

Here are some of my personal favourites in this wedding gift round-up!


Teroforma is a company that strives and succeeds at creating beautiful objects and products by working alongside hand-picked designers from around the globe. By rejecting the mass-produced aesthetic, and focusing on true craftsmanship, Teroforma creates thoughtful objects inspired by the people and places they love.

Avva Tumbler (clear - set of 2) - ($56)

Avva Tumbler (lantern green - set of 2) - ($56)
These tumblers are specifically designed for whisky, however they are perfect for any of your favourite spirits! The Avva tumblers are also available in a set thoughtfully designed for the whisky lover, seen below. The set includes 2 mouth-blown Avva tumblers (dishwasher safe) and 6 Whisky Stones beverage cubes.

Whisky Lover set - ($69)

Whisky Lover set - packaging

If you love the Whisky Stones beverage cubes on their own, we also offer them here at Walrus in a lovely set of 9! They are milled in Vermont by the oldest soapstone workshop in the US and they make a great gift for any whisky lover.

Whisky Stones Beverage Cubes - ($25)

Whisky Stones Beverage Cubes - packaging

Another great gift idea for the couple that love to spend time in the kitchen, or for those that love to entertain in style, are the Avva S+P Mills. Designed for salt and pepper with ceramic grinders, these mills are versatile enough to accommodate many of your favourite spices (I suggest: sea salt + Herbes de Provence or black pepper + coriander seeds) yum!

Avva S+P Mills - ($99)

Avva S+P Mills - detail


Raumgestalt is another one of my go-to companies for the perfect house-warming or wedding gift. They are a German company that designs, produces and sources intelligent and high quality objects for the home.

Wood Boards - ($35 - $125)
Mortar + Pestle - ($96)

Board (Oiled Oak) + Dipping Dish ($95 - $120)

The Raumgestalt Board + Dipping Dish are not only lovely to look at, they are actually a smart and practical addition to your kitchen. The board is made of oak and is oiled so that it is food-safe and it comes with a ceramic dish that features carvings at the bottom intended for you to grate or rub anything from garlic or ginger to chillies and herbs in order to infuse whatever kind of oil you wish to dip your bread into.

Henderson Dry Goods

We recently received quite a treat from Henderson Dry Goods designer Alex Henderson, a wonderful variety of her exquisite wood-framed mirrors. Available in both North American Black Walnut or Alder wood, these mirrors are a work of art and would make an incredible gift!

Long Wall Mirror - ($475)

Oval Wall Mirror - ($275 - $475)

Round Wall Mirror - ($275 - $475)

I hope that this wedding gift round-up was helpful! Come on in and see these and many other great gift ideas for the season.
I wish you all a happy summer!

new Herschel bags are in!

Herschel bags in action at Walrus

Lucky for us (and you!), we just received new Herschel bags!

It is great timing not only for back-to-school, which is quickly approaching, but for the next few months of camping, hiking, picnics and walking around town (fashionably, of course)!

Based in Vancouver, Canada, and founded by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, Herschel manufactures the finest quality backpacks, bags, travel goods and accessories.

Here are a few of my favourites, just to wet your appetite:

Herschel - Little America ($85)

(inside detail)
Great for carrying all your supplies, whether its books and a packed lunch or a beach towel and magazines, the Little America will do the trick!

Herschel - Market Tote ($60) 
Herschel - Settlement ($55)

Not only are Herschel bags well-made, they are well designed. With lovely details, inside and out, they are sure to delight you.

(inside detail)

(outside detail)

And just in case you thought that we forgot about all the tech savvy travellers and commuters out there, fear not! We also carry an assortment of Herschel computer and iPad sleeves! Available in iPad, 13", 15" and 17", the Pop Quiz Sleeves are a lovely way to run around town and stay connected with your favourite gadget.
Herschel - iPad Sleeve ($44)
(front detail)

Herschel - Computer Sleeve ($52)

(inside detail)

I hope you are as excited about these new arrivals as I am! Come on in and have a look for yourself, we have many more Herschel bags, pouches and accessories for all to enjoy!

Enjoy the sunshine!

thank you!

congratulations to Carson Ting for an excellent show! we are so grateful for all who came out to celebrate the opening with us.  more pictures to come, so stay tuned.  

big thank you to Sofia Sofei  for the special treats, our great neighbours at Benton Brothers for the delicious cheese and of course to Carson and Denise.  

until then, the show will be up until september, so come down and experience HOMOSAPIENESE in person.  

xo Caroline and Daniel 

a little more about mr. carson ting...

"Carson graduated with a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design.  During the day he works on the global digital Nike account for the Jordan brand at Blast Radius and at night he runs an experimental illustration workshop called Chairman Ting Industries.

He has been named as one of the top 200 best illustrators worldwide by L├╝rzer’s Archive magazine and also voted as one of the top 5 most creative people in Canada by Marketing Magazine.

His artwork has been commissioned by adidas Originals for exhibition in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. During the winter Olympics in 2010 his work was also featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery. Currently his work is exhibited at the San Jose Tech Museum in California.

Carson has been honoured at Cannes, LIAA, Communications Arts, Creativity, New York Festivals, Lotus, ADCC, IdN and BBC’s Commercial Breakdown, featuring the world’s funniest commercials."

join us this wednesday evening july 18  for our opening celebration
6 - 10pm
here at walrus

boskke sky planters are back!

you may remember these fun planters we had a couple of years ago? they've got a new design!

"Produced from recycled plastic, a float-stick indicates the water level and two fixed-length hanging wires come included with each planter. For the keen urban gardener, this range is the perfect solution to get that ceiling garden started.  Each Sky Planter Recycled product uses Slo-flo irrigation technology."

quick review of why The Sky Planter it's so great...:
Save space
Conserve water (Potted plants commonly lose water through evaporation and drainage. The Boskke Sky Planter’s unique reservoir feeds water gradually to the plant’s roots. Because there is no excess water to drain away, they can be used indoors, without losing water to evaporation.)
Purify your air
Improve your health

Look up and enjoy the beauty of nature with a Boskke Sky Planter.

speaking of gardening, our friends over at  are having another workshop!  

whatever your weekend holds, enjoy the sunshine fellow vancouverites...

secret artist where have you gone?

as promised, here are the other 2 postcards that were sent to us.

pretty cute.  we haven't received one again, but appreciate the 3 we did receive very much.  so to you secret artist, thank you for sharing your talent!  you made our days.  

xo daniel and caroline

secret artist

we love surprises.  and when this happy little postcard arrived in our mail, we looked for a name and couldn't find one.  hmmm...

anyone know who this could be?  2 more to follow in the next couple of days...

as seen in this month's western living

thank you Nicole Sjostedt!

these beautifully crafted jars are perfect for flowers, coloured pencils and any other special little tidbits

great summertime companion ; )