Michel François
 

Tall Celedon Vase with Gold Foot
porcelain & St Agnes clay, wood ash glaze & gold leaf
50 x 30cm

 

 

 

Black Vase with Gold Foot
porcelain & St Agnes clay, wood ash glaze & gold leaf
35 x 25cm

 

 

Large Moon Jar with Gold Foot
porcelain & St Agnes clay, wood ash glaze & gold leaf
41 x 35cm

 

 

 

French ceramicist Michel François uses ancient, timeless techniques to create functional vessels.  Be it bowls, jugs, or jars, they benefit from a purity of form giving them a sculptural quality. These pieces are made with a mixture of porcelain, and clay from St Agnes, Cornwall, fired with wood-ash glazes.

 

His own glazes are crafted using Feldspar, Cornish stone and ash from local trees, such as Chestnut, Ash, and Beech.  By starving the kiln of oxygen, he draws minerals and oxides from inside the clay to the surface.  There they react with the ash glaze, combining to act as prisms that filter and reflect light.  This process ensures that each piece is unique.

 

Michel trained in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art and in studio ceramics at Falmouth University in 2002, then apprenticed at the Leach Pottery, St Ives.  Following on from this, he set up his own studio in Cornwall. Recent projects include collaborations with the Eden project.  

 

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