Fouilhoux has undertaken his own artistic
research based on traditional Chinese glaze. For more than twenty
years he has passionately explored the potential of Celadon
glaze when used on resolutely contemporary sculptures.
Fouilhoux is known as the master of celadon and he describes
his work with celadon in a very poetic way:
What am I looking for? My philosophers' stone is translucid
inside, satiny and polished on the outside. Seen under a low magnification,
the surface from a celadon resembles the sea seen from a balloon,
covered with a multitude of minuscule wavelets, packed closely together,
like a myriad of crystals, creating the greasy, silky, waxy reflection,
depending on the shape, the size and the number of micro-reliefs.
Deep within the glaze the crystals provide the murky, enchanting
translucidity. Experiment shows that the crystallisation on the
surface is the most important. Breathe onto any transparent celadon;
the condensation deposed as minuscule droplets creates a layer and
a magical reflection
And then the dream evaporates. It is
this mineral and unctuous aspect which I want to give to my sculptures,
so that they live through and by the light.
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Download a four page essay in both French and English about Fouiloux.
Jean-Francois Fouiloux is one of the most important French ceramicists
working today. Apolgies for the reproduction quality.DB