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Three years ago, at Baba Jaga studio near Coaticook, Quebec, Spanish-born jeweller and apprentice glass-blower Montserrat Duran Muntadas met her future husband, Jean-Simon Trottier, a glass-blower and teacher at Montreal’s Espace Verre. This month they present Semina Percurrenta, a collaborative exhibition that explores the idea of geopolitical borders through plants, at the Maison de la culture de Rivière-des-Prairies. We caught up with them before they left for Spain to visit family.

Montserrat Duran Muntadas and Jean-Simon Trottier.


What’s your packing style?
Jean-Simon Trottier: My main concern is the glass pieces we travel with.
Montserrat Duran Muntadas: I tend to overpack. I try to fold, but most of the time I end up using my clothes to wrap our pieces.

Any tips for transporting fragile objects?
MDM: The secret is layers. I wrap my glass jewellery in tissue paper, then I put it in a cloth bag stuffed with clothes.

What’s one of your most memorable travel stories?
JST: At Carmaux, in France, we visited a glass-blowing studio in an old chapel. It was neat – the ovens were set up in the choir area, and from the nave you could watch the artisans at work.

What types of souvenirs do you like to bring back from your travels?
MDM: We like to go bargain hunting in antique shops, and Europe is full of them. In our studio, we use compasses to measure our pieces. We found a small one; it’s really beautiful!

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