As a ceramist and sculptor, I am interested in space and matter. I am also interested in sound and
music. Over the last fifteen years I have worked with musicians and multidisciplinary artists.
I draw inspiration from a fundamental experience: that all forms emerge from a void. Just as all pots
want to be filled, my work seeks to make us aware of the complex experience that links an object to
space. One can easily imagine an empty space, but one cannot envision an object without space.
The interior space of a porcelain bowl – the sonic space within – where one can hear throat singing, or
resonating drum beats, or the whole surface of a wall painted with raw clay that captures the essence
of the landscape it was sourced from, or fired bowls made of clay dating back to presence of the Champlain Sea 10,000 years ago. All are concepts that kindle my imagination, nourish my reflections of the world. They sing back to us. When brought together these objects translate the permeability and the interaction between those different and sometimes opposing forces.
Presentation of my work at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery as part of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and RBC Award for Glass, November 19, 2013.
Les Ateliers 6235
For 35 years now, I have shared my working time between two practices, pottery and sculpture. It was the first that led me to sculpture and it was also the one that taught me patience and discipline and above all gave a particular vision of the world. I have found in the accomplishment of these utilitarian objects a very modest way of penetrating everyday life and of embellishing it. I acquired a certain sensitivity for clay which, moreover, is the privileged material of all of my production. And it is always to ceramics that I turn to when, on certain days, the meaning of things escapes me, as if going back to simple and fundamental gestures allowed me to save a spontaneity which arises directly from the knowledge of a material.
It is in this spirit that I offer pottery lessons in my workshop. At the pace of each, I help the participants in the development of their respective skills.
Les ateliers 6235 is also the story of a building on Papineau Street where several artists who have studios there work side by side. Here is a short text of presentation.
And a text written by Christophe Scott and published on the web site of Histoire des ateliers d'artistes au Québec (1800-1980) about our studio.