Marie-Laure Guerrier- porcelain, stoneware, glaze. Exhibition from 21 November 2021 to 22 January 2022.
“I learned on the job, in the studio, without school. The earthenware pottery did not interest me. Why? It’s quite confusing! But when I discovered porcelain, it was clear.”
Marie-Laure Guerrier (Lyon 1955) Graduated in Philosophy and Art History. In 1980 she then entered a Benedictine monastery and found her life destination in ceramics. In the monastery. She focused on stoneware and then on porcelain and especially its glazing. She has made glazing her life’s work. She did endless experiments with glaze recipes, helped by Daniel de Montmollin. For advice she visited Jean Girel with a bag full of glaze tests on her annual two-days break (!) from the monastery. To return to the privacy of the monastery with his comments. After 18 years she changed the monastery for a life in the outside world. In 2000 she settled in a former roof tile factory in Burgundy. The result of all these efforts was translated into an oeuvre of essential still forms, which form the basis for the glazes that, depending on the application, absorb or reflect the light. Celadon occupies a special place in the glaze concept, celadon that reveals subtle soft tones on porcelain shapes. On stoneware it shows a brute force and great liveliness.
In all art forms there is an obedience to the material, and it is no different in the manufacture of porcelain shapes. Influences from the Far East, China, Korea and Japan over the centuries are inevitable. The thrown shape is universal and in fact always a variation of the cylinder. It is the personal approach of the artist that defines the appearance of his shapes. The artist’s relationship to his material is one of reciprocity. Her choice of porcelain has resulted in a strong and formal simplicity of forms, which, however, does not restrain the subtlety of the expression.
Marie-Laure Guerrier occupies a special place in the French ceramic-world.Her career followed a remarkable course. When she first came out with her work, she had already fully developed her personal style, largely through self-study. A great honor for her was the invitation in 2019 to exhibit in the private museum Fondation Baur in Geneva, a museum specializing in the arts of the Far East.
At our exhibition in Deventer we present a variety of glaze applications on porcelain including copper red, ivory and celadon, the yellow linden celadon, black glaze and landscape blue. Applied to vases, lidded jars, bowls and dishes with faceted, fluted, wrinkled, corrugated or engraved surfaces.