Cécile creates her pieces free hand, and refrains from touching them until they are completely dry. She simply lets the material spread freely to achieve the most natural shapes possible. This completely invented process required the development of specific recipes. In order for the object to dry in a homogeneous way without cracks, she added various ingredients which modify the mechanical properties of the earth and allow it to retract smoothly. Its fairly liquid consistency allows it to be poured onto a fabric support, removed before cooking, which determines the general shape of the object. Depending on the density of the soil and the way she applies it, Cécile can, with this very simple method, obtain very varied shapes. Each new piece is then the earth’s unique response to the production scenario it undergoes.
Cécile Bichon creates unique ceramic pieces which fall between sculptural and functional objects, exploring the possibilities of the material to constantly renew its forms and its creative processes. Her objects are made without modeling or shaping, just letting the earth pour out and solidify as it pleases, resulting in enigmatic shapes, lunar concretions, half stone and half flesh. Just as the effort must disappear behind the dancer’s gesture for the emotion to arise, she wants the hand to disappear behind the object so that it becomes animated with a presence of its own.
Glazed earthenware Pink exterior Pale yellow enamel interior.
Dim. Approximately ⌀ 7 x 17 cm.
Limited edition of 5 unique pieces.
100% handcrafted in Paris.
Can contain water
Gently clean with a cloth
Cécile Bichon is a ceramic artist based in Paris. She creates unique ceramic pieces that are both sculptural and functional, exploring the possibilities of the material in an attempt to constantly renew her creative process and the shapes she produces.
Her objects are crafted without molds or hollowing out of the clay. Rather, she pours the clay freeform and allows it to solidify naturally, resulting in enigmatic shapes, strange masses, crosses between stone and flesh.
Much like a dancer’s movements must obscure their physical efforts in order to evoke a certain emotion, she wants her practice to be eclipsed by the object itself, so that it comes alive with a presence of its own.