Anne Lesca: Ceramics that move.

Ceramics that move.

We traveled to the South-West of France, in Saintes, to meet with Anne Lesca in her studio. After studying applied Arts and interior design at Penningen and Camondo, she worked as an interior designer for ten years before discovering the world of ceramics… Instantly taken by it, she has been dedicated to her new-found passion for four years now. Anne’s creations express the clay’s sensuality and the harmony of materials, echoing a certain femininity, always in movement…

Date: 27 February 2020
Ville: Saintes
Artisan: Anne Lesca
Why did you choose ceramics ?

Anne

I found this material very interesting and longed to experiment with it in an untraditional way, beyond its mere purpose as a container or small sculpture. Every day, I am convinced that it offers endless creative possibilities : clay is alive and has a memory of its own! I am also very fond of Its authenticity and its rustic character.

Do you have any favorite themes ?

Anne

My work purpose is to showcase this material in a new light, in an unexpected way. To me, ceramic expresses itself like a new language : it’s the poetry of the clay. What I enjoy the most is to combine argil with other materials – bronze, wood, metal…– in order to give shape to my imagination.

Where do you find inspiration ?

Anne

Some artists such as Lucio Fontana made me realize that ceramic can actually be brought within the field of contemporary Art: that inspired me a lot for instance. Moreover, I have always been creative – always carrying around my sketchbook – and I can get inspired by a strand of grass, a shadow or by anything in my surroundings. Then I let my imagination guide me. What is fabulous to me is being able to materialize my ideas and bringing them to life.

How is your creative process like ?

Anne

I write down my ideas on paper: it can be a sentence or a simple sketch, just so that I remember them. Then I create the structure and I cook it. The process is long and has various steps. I make my own materials and natural dye. I learned those skills and trained very intensely for six months with a masterful ceramist, which enabled me to acquire the necessary know-how. This work requires a great technique and I am still improving every day. It is truly a job that depends on experience.

” I let myself guide ny the clay: it inspires me and in the end, I am merely the “industrious media” of that inspiration.”

Ceramics require a lot of patience and rigor. How do you live this particular temporality? How is your work rhythm like?

Anne

It depends what I’m working on. Overall, I alternate between activities so I don’t tire too fast. I enjoy working that way, it allows me to regenerate my creative breath and my dynamic. I emerge myself completely into the making process : to me, it is like a therapy. I find myself in a meditative state, focusing on my production, clearing out my head while growing my work…nothing is more rewarding !

Did you develop techniques of your own?

Anne

I developed a technique for which I bathe branches of metal into barbotine – liquid clay. For that, I got to exhibit a few pieces at the Musée de la Piscine in Roubaix. It was very gratifying because it took a lot of research: I had to change the composition of the clay and biscuit firing before assembling the pieces for instance. The weaving process is also one of my favorites, I particularly enjoy using bronze wires: it is so beautiful !

Do you see yourself as a craftswoman or as an artist ?

Anne

I do not really wish to choose one over the other. I feel I am experimenting rather making proper art or crafts. I explore materials with one another. I let myself guide ny the clay: it inspires me and in the end, I am merely the “industrious media” of that inspiration.

What are your future plans?

Anne

After years of art fairs and exhibitions, in France and abroad, I have decided to extend the space of my studio and mainly focus on my craft this year. I am currently filling up different forms to integrate art residencies and projects.

Did you enjoy discovering this craftsman ?

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Credits · Texte : Somaya Krouna –Editor : Aurélia Monge – Photographies : Sylvain Schneider – Stephen Clément – Anne Lesca .
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