Anne Mortier

Artist /  Designer / Ceramicist

Anne Mortier

Artist /  Designer / Ceramicist

Artist statement

 

My search is focused on the qualities and bounderies of porcelain clay.

I like the whiteness, the translucity and the purity of the material, the soft touch when throwing.

Mastering ceramics and especially porcelain requires a lot of discipline and métier. The possibilities the material offers are huge, endless and a constant motivation to push bounderies and experiment with texture, glaze and form. A traditional but beautiful way to use the material. I have been working with porcelain for over 25 years and still I’m amazed by this wonderful material that can create such marvelously tender looking forms and be completely vitrified at the same time.

Nature is my inspiration but there is no typical form I prefer, each piece is unique and when I work on a new theme this often needs new techniques. Ceramic processes I have used in the past can seem wrong.  Ceramics is about making choices all the time, making the right  ones for me is  important because surfaces can enhance a form or destroy the work. This makes me rethink the whole proces and start from scratch, until the final result matches the feeling I want to express.

My latest porcelain shapes are threedimensional translucent watercolors without glaze, showing the beautiful naked skin of the vitrified porcelain.

I throw, trim, push, cast, cut and assemble. By using different kinds of porcelainclay and combining throwing and casting together, each work reacts differently to the high temperature in the kiln. Gravity does its work while the porcelain is weak at this point of the proces, so distortions are inevitable due to different shrinkage of the material. This gives an unpredictable altering to the pieces that I embrace,  the firing proces is taking over controle and the soft clay is transformed into a beautiful vitrified material . Fragility at its best, shown through the transparency and subtility of the porcelain, porcelain frail and brittle like life itself