Prix François-Houdé 2018

Prix François-Houdé 2018

November 30th, 2018 to February 17th, 2019

The Ville de Montréal, the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec, and La Guilde presented the 23rd edition of the prix François-Houdé 2018. Held from November 30, 2018 to February 17 2019, the exhibition showcased the creations of the nine finalists :

Sophie-Ève Adam, Ceramist
Svetlana Blanchon, Glass Artist
Marianne+Chénard, Ceramist
MJ Daines, Textile Artist
Montserrat Duran Muntadas, Glass Artist 
Aurélie Guillaume, Jeweler
Léa&Nicolas, Ceramists
Delphine Platten, Bookbinder
Sarah-Jeanne Riberdy, Ceramist  

A series of workshops and conferences with the artists were programmed for the entire duration of the exhibition


As part of the 23rd edition of the prix François-Houdé 2018, the Ville de Montréal, the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec and La Guilde presented a solo exhibition featuring works of Magali Thibault Gobeil, winner and recipient of the award in 2017.

If Clouds were Cotton Candy invited the viewers to dive into Magali Thibault Gobeil’s imaginary world. Taken by her own fantasy world, the artist highlights her decadent obsession for voluptuous, extravagant and playful shapes, which have become her signature. An exciting world, packed with joy and happiness, where the abundance of colours and forms fulfil us with satisfaction and leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth. These pieces take us back to a more naïve and simpler time reminding us of childhood. In a world growing more complex every day and in which we often feel overwhelmed, we need little things to warm our heart and to brighten our days. Full of life and movements, Magali Thibault Gobeil’s artworks tickle our gaze, tease our senses and our feelings and enliven our bodies.

Magali Thibault Gobeil is a young artist who graduated from the École de joaillerie de Montréal in 2013. She works primarily with resins and plexiglass to create unique pieces characterized by their exuberant shapes and bright colors. She was a finalist at the Niche Student Awards (USA) in 2013 and the Arts and Craft Awards (Croatia) in 2014. Since 2016, her work has been shown in several national and international exhibitions, including the SOFA Chicago (USA), Parcours Bijoux (FR), The Canadian craft biennial (CAN) and many other prestigious exhibitions.


The Prix François-Houdé is given to Montreal artists and artisans who are at the beginning of their careers. This award gives prominence to the remarkable craftsmanship of their creations and their original contributions to the practice of a craft related to the transformation of wood, leather, textiles, metals, glass, ceramics, paper or any other material. It also recognizes their mastery of exploratory techniques associated with their specific discipline. Remember that this award is in honour of François Houdé, an internationally renowned glass sculptor and the co-founder of the Centre des métiers du verre du Québec.

Photos : Exhibition views, Prix François-Houdé, 2018. ASSEMBLY OF WORKS OF Magali Thibault Gobeil, 2018. © LA GUILDE