Meet The Artist Bringing Colourful Whimsy to Ceramics

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“All of it begins with form and colour,” says this rising-star French ceramist. Utilizing a knifelike device, Gavalet slices earthenware into flat varieties that she then hand-assembles into three dimensions, firing the outcomes earlier than portray them with colourful enamels for one final bake, all in her petite workshop simply outdoors Paris. The wild and eccentric items (squiggly striped vases, mirrors outlined in zany shapes) take inspiration from Ettore Sottsass’s playful objects, Jean Dubuffet’s graphic compositions, and her nine-year-old daughter’s spontaneous drawings. 

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Two of Gavalet’s ceramic works in opposition to a wall of her colourful drawings.

Billal Taright

By Gavalet’s admission, her personal works—typically massive and heavy—aren’t precisely sensible, however, she says, “I take into account them sculptures that can be utilized.” It’s an thought she undoubtedly gleaned from the ten years and counting she has labored as an assistant to the legendary furnishings designer Elizabeth Garouste, recognized for her spirited takes on useful objects. Right now Gavalet’s eye-popping confections are steadily coming into the highlight. This summer time, her vessels seem in “Ceramics NOW:,” an exhibition of up to date artwork pottery at Paris’s Galerie Italienne. She’s additionally ending up “a really baroque flooring lamp” for Michèle Hayem Gallery in Paris. Says Gavalet: “I like surprises, and I don’t prefer to repeat myself.” 

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