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
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”
Workshops and courses
Drawing, sculpting, statuary casting
Information, rates and enrolment:
+33 (0)6 33 74 55 60
Modelled sculpture and statuary casting
Lignes et matière, atelier d’art
24 150 Bayac
Tél. +33 (0)6 33 74 55 60