Ceramic Egg Cup Red Clay/White Glaze (326)
It is in her workshop in Vaucluse, in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, that this Bordelaise in the heart of Provence devotes herself to the art of the table. Pure, poetic, with delicately jagged contours, her crockery appears sugar-coated, of a sacred whiteness. Flared cups, slender vases, corolla cups delicately take the shape of the earth. Red earth that Valérie works with her fingertips, without thinking about the result. No intellectualization, only instinct guides her gestures and lets her hands do the talking, an extension of the earth, the potter tells us. The land that she likes to smell and touch, and has always permeated her life. Picking strawberries, apples, and olives, harvesting in September… so many small trades, between two chinas, that the young woman exercised. Then, one day, childhood memories, those where she kneaded clay in a Freinet school in Marseille alongside an unforgettable teacher, pushed her to take lessons in a cultural center in Pernes-les-Fontaines. Very quickly the budding artist understood that everything would be different now... That was in 2003. Today, her creations take off for Paris, Madrid, New York, Tokyo and have conquered Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, her adopted city. A work tinged with emotion that takes on prints of exquisite finesse. For this, Valérie comes to affix on her pottery scraps of lace, jewelry, and old buttons, Indian stamps that she hunts during flea markets. She also likes to fossilize in her objects wildflowers, plants, and all kinds of nature imprints as fragile as morning dew. Cooked twice for 10 hours at 1000 degrees, dishes, plates, and other unique stamped pieces are then covered with an enamel glaze. After a long journey, light as a sweet tile, Valérie's dishes are finally ready for the world.