A selection of enchanting, expressive, and delicate ceramic sculptures of female figures in movement by Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche, a dextrous ceramist artist from France. Her creations are full of poetry.
After having long strived to a technical and classical mastery of enamel chemistry and the usual form, I finally returned to my first loves of modeling and turning. I am a shaper, a modeler. The choice of sandstone is intuitive, sensitive rather than technical. I like what’s left of the raw and frank thing about him, especially when he’s sluggished. I like the idea of giving to This clay has a look that is not the one traditionally given to it: instead of the heaviness and rusticity that is given to it, I try to take it towards lightness, the movement, finesse. It allows me to obtain a result that is not only sophisticated and delicate as porcelain would, it retains its roughness, its character. I model it, I turn it, I work it in plate, I imprint it, in black, white and more and more in color, I swallow it, I oxidize it, I enamel it or not. But I always cook it at high temperatures. I am inspired by shells, moults and shells, representation or evocation, playing duality: raw / refined, matt / shiny, material / smooth. The lace often present is considered as the symbol of ancestral traditions, delicacies outdated. Transposed on clay it can be diverted, reinvented, shaken. It seems ready to move, to unfold, less frozen, it is different, more alive, less delicate, rougher and more contemporary. From moults to shells, from Madame(s) to Goddesses, from suggestion to figuration, the feminine in motion remains as a common thread.Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche