Why did you choose ceramics ?
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 ?
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 ?
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 ?
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?
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?
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 ?
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?
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.