Brutal. went to meet Laurette Broll in her studio in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Since 2016, Laurette has been living at Les Grands Voisins and practices ceramics.
The story of the Great Neighbors
Les Grands Voisins uses the vacant spaces of the Saint Vincent De Paul hospital. Three associations coordinate the project of this "experience of cohabitation of public and diversified uses", the Aurore association which acts against social exclusion, the Plateau Urbain association in connection with the Aurore association accompanies the residents as well as the artists , associations, and young companies on site and finally the association Yes We Camp which coordinates in a general way the artistic direction, the public communication, the cultural programming, the animations... In total, 600 people live on the spot going from the inhabitants of accommodation social, in the school of midwives, in business.
The site has been open to the public since October 2015. Les Grands Voisins aims to bring people together and create a new public space of social diversity.
Since then, the site is constantly evolving, buildings are being demolished little by little... Spaces are changing. Artists set up...
Trained at ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in Paris, Laurette Broll learned to model, sculpt and mold with plastic materials. A position at the Vanessa Mitrani glass design studio and workshop allowed her to discover noble materials and create a first contact with ceramics. It was a long trip to Southeast Asia, and the meeting with Vietnamese and French ceramic artisans, who convinced her to continue on this path. On her return from her inspiring trip, she trained with Margaux Lhomme which encourages him to train in lathe for 5 months with Ponte Tozzola in Ivry Sur Seine. Italian figure of almost 90 years, Tozzola is a reference in the ceramics trade.
A year and a half later she opened her workshop at the Manufacture Pasteur. Since then the factory has been demolished. Laurette has found a workshop at Les Grands Voisins.
"To make a piece, I start by turning a shape on my potter's wheel. I let the piece dry until it has a "leather consistency" to rework the underside. I sign each object "lb handmade PARIS with the date" and let the piece dry completely before placing it in the oven at 980°C for the first firing, says the biscuit. The pieces are ready to be enameled with the enamels that I have previously researched and tested and then annealed in an oven at 1250°C. Each oven opening takes place approximately 30 hours after the start of firing and determines whether or not the object has withstood the fire test."
The world of Laurette Broll
Each piece designed by Laurette is unique and tells a story. She herself experiments with enamels. She gets exceptional colors. White sandstone is the material with which she works the most. It is a slightly gray earth which gives a soft and raw aspect to his objects.
Laurette Broll immerses us in a soft and poetic universe through a game of graphic shapes, colors and by designing her own enamels sometimes matte, shiny, cracked, rough, satin... The combinations are endless, for our greatest pleasure. !
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