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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
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