What led you to take up ceramics?
I was tempted by many techniques at first. I did a lot of work with cardboard, leather and bookbinding, and then it was quite by chance that I was given the opportunity to take advantage of a pottery workshop during my pedagogical studies.
Why did you finally decide to work with porcelain?
I was asked to be guest of honour at an exhibition named black and white. I wanted to create black using oxide enamels, while, for me, the white could only be porcelain. I had never dared touch porcelain because fellow potters had all said that it's horrible. But now I only work with porcelain.
© JL Korus
Is there a moment in your professional career that stands out?
I exhibited an installation of jellyfish at the Révélations exhibition in Paris. One woman stood alone looking at the piece for a long time and her words have always stayed with me. When she left the stand she said: "Thank you for the emotional moment you have given me."
What part of the creative process do you enjoy the most?
The constant creative research, since there are so many different ways to use ceramics. And it’s a real challenge. The firing stage is a big test. The piece might be perfect, but then it has to be entrusted to the kiln. When it emerges, it can be good or not, it can be whole… or not!