Fouilhoux Sleeps and Dreams of Celadon
September 12, 2012
It is as good a time as any to start a blog.
This is about my process and the rabbit hole I go down to create art.
The present muse driving my kiln cast work is the French Ceramic Artist; Jean-Francois Fouilhoux.
I first came across his work in a copy of New Ceramics, the European Ceramics Magazine. The photo I saw of one of his celadon slab structures impressed the hell out of me! As well as the calligraphic nature of slab was the empty space that it framed. I was immediately moved to give that framed space invisible mass.
This is the first piece in the Fouilhoux Sleeps and Dreams of Celadon series and the title piece. It is about 2 inches thick x 9 inches x 5.5 inches tall (5cm x 22.8cm x 14cm)
Reading his artist statement (go to his link) you'll see that he is also invested in giving his celadon calligraphy depth, so the line goes back into space creating a frame of dimension that slices through space building interest in not only the line and its nuanced form but more importantly (to me!) in the space, the infinite invisible matter on either side of that most wonderful frame. He has given his celadon line a third dimension, so the frame has depth in space and divides the surrounding space into an inner field of invisible mass as well as an outer field.
His process is to free the line from a block of clay, mine is to replace that block that he has removed, with clear, transparent mass.
This is beginning to sound like Dark Matter!