Salt Spring Island is filled with incredible local craftsmen and women. Many local hands put their hard work, ingenuity and passion into the creation of the Mateada.
Meet some of our local craftspeople of Salt Spring Island that have been a key part of our journey:
Leanne Norgard is our beloved potter, handcrafting each bowl and cup on her wheel and using her own made glazes, handcarving intricate designs into some of the pieces we use here at the Mateada. Formerly a geologist, Leanne gets a lot of her inspiration from the sacred geometry and beauty in nature, making incredible pottery sculptures of diatoms and seed pods.
Luke Hart-Weller has been a long time lover of wood and trees and the natural world. He has a gift and making woodworking pieces feel living, working with the beautiful natural elements and curves found in the wood he works with. He designed and created our beautiful tables and chairs at the Mateada, co creating with renowned local metal worker Steve Forbes.
Steve Forbes handcrafted each table and chair base at the Mateada, as well as our stunning menu holders. Visiting his studio was quite the experience! Hammering the molten metal on the anvil, Steve showed us how much intension, artistry and hard work goes into each piece.
Edward McKeever of Strong River has a gift of creating a powerful sense of wellbeing through decorating walls, artistic plastering being his specialty. Using ancient techniques and modern design, Edward brought gold to our ceilings giving it a sunny glamorous effect, and rusted our walls making the space feel earthy and funky.
Mikaela Morgan is the embodiment of beauty through art; the way she moves through the world and inspires others to create and be playful is a joy to experience. Reflecting her artistic Salt Spring Island upbringing, her paintings are whimsical and dreamy, often featuring local forests, oceans, creatures, skulls, crystals and magic. She has beautifully designed and handpainted all our signs for the Mateada, and has live painted at Mateada music events.
Lee Weir of Saltspring Kombucha and her husband Graham use Yerba Mate as base of their craft kombucha blends. Raw and Organic, we love the wild nature of these fresh small batch kombuchas, our personal favourite being the Wild Rose. This kombucha on tap tastes amazing blended with our herbal Nitro Mate blends!
Moonshine Mamas: when Mel was faced with a health crisis a really low immune system, she did her research and turned to turmeric, ginger, honey and lemon - finding a deeper connection with these plants and amazed by the healing she was experiencing, she was inspired to share her fine tuned recipe with the world. Moonshine Mamas was born. We love mixing her elixirs with our nitro mate and kombucha fusion : our “Mamas Fusion” is a big hit at the Mateada!