Organic form and mineral substance
Still-life and movement
A marriage of photography and ceramics
With light as the master of ceremony
I work with black or white porcelain and glass. I like the contrast between the strength of the material and its apparent fragility. I extrude and construct forms that are born from stress, pressure and tension. Volutes and corollas are created by the movement of clay under constraint. It is like seeing the birth of a living organism, growing and developing in accelerated motion under my eyes, as if filmed in time-lapse motion. This expression of movement then literally “turns into stone”, hard and brittle. Yet, it remains delicate, as if ready to freely move again with the flow. Supple and graceful, it is like an algae covered again by the high tide or a whirl of smoke. Life appears suddenly suspended, or time stopped. Looking at the photography of a frozen movement, the mind projects the “after” and imagines the subject springing to life. Each of my piece is intricate, and intriguing. Nothing moves when you watch it, but it feels like it does as soon as you look away and it looks different when you look at it again.
Born and raised in Brittany, I worked as a photographer after art school and lived in Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and now London since 2001, where I studied ceramics. Nothing may seem more apart than ceramics and photography, yet I have discovered similarities between both practices: the suspenseful period while you develop your film or wait for your kiln to cool down, the need to step back and adopt the distance of a photographer's eye in ceramics, the sensual dimension of printing in photography.
I can’t help but see my ceramics through the lenses of my camera. I magnify intricate details, play with light and perspective, erase the context: the result is more mystery, a loss of reality. This discovery process inspires me for the next piece of ceramics, which in turns provides the subject for my next series of photographs.
I sell both the ceramic/glass pieces and their photographs (signed limited-editions in large high-quality prints), together or separately.
I have an art and photography background (Ecole des Beaux Arts, France) and worked as a free-lance photographer for many years.
In 2017, I achieved a Diploma in Art and Design at Putney School of Art (London).
I studied at Morley College London where I gained a HND Ceramics with distinction in 2020.
I was shortlisted in the New Designer for the Belmond Award in 2021 and then selected for the 2021 Fresh British Ceramics Biennal.
I have been awarded "commended" in the 'New Graduate Review' for 2022.
And now I am starting in September at the Royal College of Art (London) an MA in Ceramic & Glass.