Special Exhibition


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March 18 - April 22, 2001:

Anne Bulliot and Thiébaut Chagué

Two French Cermic Artists


This exhibition, which is the gallery's contribution to Heidelberg's Long Night of the Museums (March 31), will present works by two internationally recognized French ceramicists who both live in Alsatia near the border between France and Germany.

After her studies at the Academy of Applied Arts at Strassburg, from which she graduated in 1985, Anne Bulliot (born 1961) worked with Jean Nicola Gérard and Claude Varlan.

As early as 1986 she established her own studio at Strassburg and has since then successfully presented her work in solo shows as well as in group exhibitions in the most distinguished galleries of France and other European countries.


Already as a boy of ten Thiébaut Chagué (born 1958) felt the attraction of clay so that after his Grammar School finals he was in no doubts as to his choice of profession: he wanted to become a potter.

In 1976 he therefore left home to spend five years in the workshops of several of the most important ceramic artists of Europe, of which Michael Cardew and Richard Batterham are the best known.

"From Michael Cardew I learned the patience to wait for the right moment in the process of taming matter; his example made me sensitive of the gestical elements of art and the relationship between the work of our hands and inspiration through which art is conceived and taking shape."

In 1982 he settled down in his own workshop and has since then acquired and international reputation. His work is in many private and public collections. Since 1993 he has several times visited Nigeria where he was commissioned to conduct various workshops and art projects.

Both artists have extended the range of clay as a means of artistic expression. The ways they fire their works are as unusual as they are hazardous and very often yield the most surprising results.

Anne Bulliot's sculptures are reminiscent of what they undergo in the process of their making. The rough and natural clay of her objects make them look as if they were made of pieces of solidified lava and then exposed to the creative and shaping will of the artist.

Bulliot's work s combine strong and exciting contraries whose effects are enhanced by subtle, irregular shadows which the smoking fire left on the surfaces of the clay, as well as by softly shining spots produced by burnishing.

Thiébaut Chagué's objects, which he often arranges in rhythmically organized groups, immediately impress by their sheer height and totemlike monumentality. Most of them are variations of a V-shape which, for example can be seen as an oversize vase or as the horn of the legendary unicorn, depending on just how they are put up. Not a little of the elemental power of Chagué's sculptures is due to their being fired with wood in a kiln of his own design.

Firing with wood is risky and means inviting both failure and lucky chance. The latter, however, affords results which are quite unique and tempting to regard them as gifts from heaven.


opening hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 - 18

Sunday, March 18, 11 am.
The artists will both be present.


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