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 Mirabelle Pillebout, Sculptor and Statuary Moulder


Mirabelle has a strong background in modelling and casting statuary. She received her Diploma of Crafts (DMA) in 2000, specialising in modelled engraving, after a degree course of five years at the Ecole Boulle in Paris. While studying art history at the Sorbonne, she attended fine arts workshops in Paris, in sculpture modelled from life with Philippe Jordan, and trained as a statuary moulder with Sebastian Nobile, whose apprentice she became for four years before moving to the Dordogne.


In addition to her creative work, Mirabelle Pillebout conducts workshops in drawing, sculpting and statuary moulding for children and adults in the Lines and Material Association art studio.


We are here in the world of clay and plaster. Clay, malleable, where, by adding pellets, you can gradually work contours, volumes, where you can make large lines, cut to find a plane, add, remove, procrastinate until you have made a decision ... Clay allows a certain freedom thanks to working on a framework.
The modelled sculpture would be nothing without the statuary moulding that allows the durability of the work ...
Working in plaster requires a certain thought, a technical implementation. The gesture is constrained by time, liquid at the beginning, then thick, you must place the plaster mix quickly, thinking only of what is necessary ... it lasts only a moment ... then the plaster takes, it is now approached with a knife, with a file. By catching the light, through its greys and blacks, a plaster model reveals the accomplished sculpture, it can not lie ...
The basis of my work involves practice using live models. The sketches in drawing or clay can make the material live by a fleeting truth that could escape from a deeper, slower study ... It is question of seeing ... discovering the character, expressing what you feel thanks to the volume, the contours.
“The main point is to be moved, to hope, to tremble, to live” A. Rodin


Workshops and courses
Drawing, sculpting, statuary casting
Information, rates and enrolment:
+33 (0)6 33 74 55 60

Mirabelle Pillebout
Modelled sculpture and statuary casting
Lignes et matière, atelier d’art
24 150 Bayac
Tél. +33 (0)6 33 74 55 60
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The Studio / Gallery is open Every day by appointment.
Closed Tuesday and Sunday


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