An engineering degree and a doctorate in quantum physics did
not predestine me to ceramics. But the bursting of the
“Internet bubble” in 2002 brought an end to my career in high
technology. I wanted to do what I liked: making beautiful
objects. After studying design I wanted to return to working
with clay, which I had done as a child: I worked in the studio
of the Czech ceramist Jana Bednarkova, then the Japanese,
Yoshimi Futamura, where I learned to use the potter’s wheel
following the traditional Japanese method. Loving the
beautiful glazes and colour, I also took Helena Klug’s courses
in Paris from 2007 to 2009, where I studied chemistry in
search of stoneware glazes at high temperatures. In 2009 I
left Paris with my husband and children, and I live in the
Dordogne, where the quiet and greenery are conducive to
working with clay.
I work with Puisaye natural sandstone, which I heat to 1280°
C. It is turned, shaped or worked in slabs. I create simple
shapes, sometimes with gentle curves, sometimes geometric with
openings through which the eyes can play. These are
utilitarian objects (bowls, dishes, salad bowls), and also
decorative pieces: vases, boxes, or objects without function.
I research my own glazes, some ash-based: flat enamel or
Working with clay requires accepting the slowness of time.
First the material: do not ill-treat the clay. But also the
slowness of the potter: her doubts, her experimentations, her
back-and-forth to find her way.
In addition, each time you open the oven after firing, it is a
surprise with emotion: you do not know what you will discover.
It is a magical moment and one of the great pleasures of the
ceramist. We do not completely control the firing process.
To work clay, it is necessary, therefore, to give up all
power, speed and the “all at once” offered by internet and
mobile phones. Abandon the clicks and insubstantial touches of
the screen for other actions that change the material and
involve the body. Letting go to make the clay, the shapes and
the imagination live, while trying to keep a contemporary
approach: that is the issue. I am at the beginning!
Ceramist La Rigaudie
24 140 Saint Hilaire d’Estissac
Tel : +33 (0)6 87 86 29 04
Studio open all year by appointment
Gallery phi2 (thank you to call 06 82 81 13 74 few before
coming to visit the gallery)
55 rue Gabriel Reymond