We had the pleasure of meeting Morgane at work in her Parisian studio in the Spring time in Paris. She was graceful enough to share pieces from her new collection which are now available in our POHO flagship store in Double Bay. Morgane delves into her practice, her inspiration and what her day to day looks like. Enjoy!
What does a typical day in Paris look like for you?
Each morning I walk to the studio which is one hour from my home. I really like to walk in Paris, the architecture is such a great source of inspiration, especially all of the wrought iron pieces. I stop along the canal St Martin to grab some food and enjoy the nature. Then I start work. I’m in a co working studio with 2 others ceramists, it’s very nice studio with a little terrace which is perfect for spring and summer.
What inspires the intricate shapes in your work that seemingly defy gravity?
I am mostly inspired by the shape of flowers and plants. Leaves are really a huge source of inspiration. Basically nature is the heart of my work. I needs to be life and movement in my pieces. I don’t really like static things, there is a need for me that we feel a connection, an emotion when we see the piece.
How much time goes into creating one of your pieces?
Depending on the piece, the drying process is very long, so I would say perhaps 4 weeks before the piece will be totally finished.
What drew you to ceramics initially?
I grew up in the French Alps, in a very small village with mountains all around. I was always outside, creating a lot of stories where all the elements, trees, flowers, stones, clay, everything come to life and became part of my story. So this connection to earth is something I have always needed. It’s very important for me to do something with my hands and working with clay is something that is so tangible. Being one with the material.
Do you have a favourite flower(s)?
Iris and tulips
Is there anything you would like to share about your process or yourself that might be able to inform your audience a little bit more about your work?
Yes I don’t know where this comes from but I like to go towards difficulty. I need a challenge and love to push the possibilities of the clay. I don’t want stay in a safe and comfortable zone, I want to learn, progress and explore everyday. We can do so much with this medium, it’s amazing how far we can go even so we have to be very humble because a lot of aspects are beyond our control. In terms of technicality, I failed a lot, but with a good dose of resilience, I tried and tried different methods until I was satisfied with the result. But there is still so much to learn! And progress to make!