Contemporary ceramic artists from Puisaye
Alistair Danhieux, Robert Deblander, Nathalie Pierlot
25 February – 6 April 2017
Preview on Saturday 11 March
To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste presents a selection of works by the ceramic artists living and working in Puisaye who have been part of the gallery’s history.
The Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste launches its 2017 program by presenting three ceramists from Puisaye: Robert Deblander, Nathalie Pierlot and Alistair Danhieux, three names emblematic of three generations. All driven by the same desire to draw new life from the renowned Puisaye stoneware, they have become a lasting part of the landscape of St Amand.
Laden with its history and countless leading figures, the Puisaye compels its settlers to be resilient and audacious. It truly is a challenge to make yourself heard among the clamour of past centuries and carve your own path in light of the XVIth and XVIIIth century lustre, of Jean Carriès and his school, of the flambé glazed earthenware or the prestigious avant-garde pottery of the seventies, yet Robert Deblander, Nathalie Pierlot and Alistair Danhieux have succeeded. Relentlessly striving to root themselves into this soil, they have proved that they belong through their genuine interest in the materials, the creative process and the firing methods.
With these three highly local figures, the Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste invites you to break through the heart of stoneware and discover the vivid creativity of the land that became its home twenty years ago.
The reputation of Robert Deblander, who passed away in 2010, is perfectly established in France as well as abroad. The monochromatic classicism of his stoneware undeniably places him within the avant-garde movement next to peers such as Joulia, Lerat and De Vinck.
Within the distinguished castle of Ratilly, Nathalie Pierlot was able to make her mark and a name for herself through her heightened sensitivity to nature and her soft introduction of colour. Nathalie Pierlot’s brother Martin wrote that “Colours and textures that evoke chestnuts, stony shadows or spring floral bursts… everything vividly recalls our Puisaye Landscape”.
Alistair Danhieux struck a blow in 2009 with his closed volumes that were thrown, bevelled and fired in a raku kiln. He played with contrasts, coupling black with white, combining precious and rough textures. He is now pursuing his journey as he seeks to loosen his sculptural language and break free from the erected volume toward a more dynamic and supple movement.
Stéphanie Le Follic-Hadida, D. Art history
Translation, Marina Duval Matthews