Brutal. went to meet the ceramist Lola Moreau in her Parisian studio. Let's discover his universe through an interview.
What is your background and your training to get to ceramics?
I studied applied arts, multimedia graphics, at the Estienne school and at the Gobelins. Then I worked as a freelance graphic designer for nearly 10 years. It was a bit by chance that I started taking ceramics lessons at the Dalo workshop in 2015. It confirmed the fact that I was tired of always working behind a computer, and I started to ask myself questions about retraining... I inquired about professional training, when I heard about a workshop project to be set up in Bastille, which became the gangster collective. Today I still work in this workshop.
Are you self-taught or did you learn from someone else?
So I did not do any training. Having a workshop allowed me to practice a lot and progress at my own pace. But I inevitably learned also thanks to others: At Dalo, then with the collective, and over the course of the meetings, the readings, and all the resources available on Internet! I also followed an internship of creation of enamels with Valérie Raymond-Stempowska, and I hope to be able to do more regularly to discover new techniques and improve myself.
Do you remember your first play?
Yes, I still have it at home: it's a very small turned bowl, with engraved patterns, in which I put jewelry.
How would you define your job?
I don't really know, I prefer to ask the question to others!
What is your creative and manufacturing process?
I often start from an idea, or an inspiration, and then over the different stages and trials it evolves and gives something that can be quite different! I also do a lot of research. There is a random element that I maintain voluntarily, but I still have a notebook in which I note everything.
What is your favorite technique? Your favorite moment in the process?
The modelling, with the plate or with the pinch. I think I love every step of creating a piece other than the sanding.
What is your favorite material? What do you like about him?
Sandstone, with a fine or impalpable chamotte. Because it cooks at high temperature, and for its raw, natural appearance. There are many varieties, with different shades, and I like to change them regularly, depending on the finish I'm looking for or the glazes I want to apply. Maybe one day I will have a fetish land...!
What inspires you outside of ceramics?
Watch, listen, read, interact with others...
Can you tell us about one or more books on ceramics or something else?
I mostly read novels! A ceramics book: Terres et glaçures by Daniel Rhodes, recommended by Valérie during her internship.
What are your last significant trips or your travel desires?
I feel less than before the desire to travel far. Right now I want roadtrips in France (I don't know half of the regions..!) and in Italy that I would also like to know more about.