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hélène   jous

ceramics by Hélène Jous / photo by Jérémie Logeay
ceramics by Hélène Jous / photo by Jérémie Logeay
ceramic by Hélène Jous / photo by Jérémie Logeay
ceramic by Hélène Jous / photo by Jérémie Logeay
ceramic by Hélène Jous / photo by Jérémie Logeay
ceramic by Hélène Jous / photo by Jérémie Logeay


Biography

portrait d'Hélène Jous dans son atelier par Jérémie Logeay
photo : Jérémie Logeay

Hélène Jous is an emerging French contemporary ceramicist, who received the Bernard Palissy prize in 2009. Her work combines wheel thrown and hand built elements, which are fired at low temperatures in wood-fired Anagama and gas kilns. Her technique involves combining crushed volcanic materials and clay, to simultaneously make the skin of the work as well as the form. This raw material is developed into a textured wall which wraps around a fine layer of porcelain paper, creating a two layered piece. In her ceramics, Jous plays on unity and contrasts: crude and refined, rough and smooth, useful and useless, she finds balance in imbalance. The shaping of hollow parts are intended to evoke the mouth of a volcano, as both the place of origin and passage. A place where elements and matter are transformed by fire before exploding into the world. Her work is also reminiscent of the shell, cocoon or even the prehistoric egg.


Prize

  • Bernard Palissy prize, St Avit (2009)

Recent exhibitions

  • Galerie Agathe Thuillier, Biennale de la Céramique, Villefranche-de-Rouergue (2018)
  • Galerie Agathe Thuillier, L'Allée des Vignes, Cajarc (2018)
  • Galerie Sépia - Agathe Thuillier, Villefranche-de-Rouergue (2016, 2014, 2010)
  • Chapelle de St Amans, Muret (2014)
  • Le Lavoir, Clamart (2013)
  • Musée Palissy, St Avit (2009)
  • Galerie Concha de Nazelle, Toulouse (2007)