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wood and gas fired stoneware sculptures between 78 and 95 cm wide

photos : daniel quillet, jane norbury, taken during exhibitions at La Grande Galerie, Savasse, Abbaye de Charlieu, L’Arc scène national Le Creusot and Ozenay 2015


Organic forms created from striated slabs of clay that are manipulated by corporal impulses; pushing, folding, lifting, into three dimensional volumes. The act is a dialogue with the clay, where neither the maker nor the matter is completely in control, the hand does not leave its mark, it’s the energy of the movement that rests. The resulting forms have an interior life that is at once familiar and strange, evoking many comparisons but I hope remaining completely abstract. The impressed lines follow these undulations and distortions, which are emphasised by filling the grooves with white slip. Worked when the clay is wet and malleable, the pieces retain an appearance of softness and fluidity; however I have often seen people involuntarily touch them to confirm that they are indeed transformed by fire to stoneware.

Wood and gas fired stoneware, sculptures between 78 and 95 cm wide