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Thérèse Lebrun

Thérèse Lebrun Porcelain maker
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French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+32 10841784
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A mysterious world of organic forms

  • • Thérèse works with wild plants from the local countryside
  • • She is fascinated by porcelain’s translucency and limitations
  • • Her inspiration comes from natural structures

Thérèse Lebrun collects seeds, twigs and dry fruits, and combines them with porcelain paper, a white material that becomes translucent when fired. She composes her work step by step, like an embroidery. In her studio, she creates a world of organic shapes evoking childhood souvenirs – fossils, beach treasures – or slow-developing limestone formations. “I recreate these forms in my own way, using basic elements such as water, earth, fire, air, vegetal matter,” she says. “All of this leads me towards the creation of membranes, skin, fossils, corals, phryganea, cocoons... mysterious refuges for the worlds of our imagination.”

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Works

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Concrétion

On her walks, Thérèse collects seeds, twigs and berries and incorporates them into her porcelain work. This piece combines Heracleum sphondylium, or common hogweed, with porcelain paper, an extremely fine white material that becomes translucent when fired. The resulting shape evokes natural formations such as fossils or coral.

Length 39 cm
Diameter 40 cm

Thérèse Lebrun Porcelain maker
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Concrétion II

This delicate porcelain paper sculpture evokes the image of natural formations such as fossils or coral. Thérèse collected cup plants, Silphium perfoliatum, when out walking, and incorporated them into the composition of this white geometric vessel.

Height 22 cm
Diameter 39 cm

Thérèse Lebrun Porcelain maker
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Concrétion III

For this sculpture, Thérèse associated Chinese ground orchids, Bletilla striata, with white porcelain paper, building up each element piece by piece, like intricate embroidery. When fired, the porcelain gains a translucent quality resulting in a vessel evocative of marine life.

Length 26 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 13 cm

Thérèse Lebrun Porcelain maker
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Concrétion IV

Thérèse has a systematic way of working, a kind of peaceful meditation. In this piece, she has combined wild radish, Raphanus raphanistrum, with porcelain paper, painstakingly connecting each separate part. When fired, the porcelain gains a translucent quality, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior, space and shadow.

Length 25 cm
Diameter 16 cm

Thérèse Lebrun Porcelain maker
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Concrétion V

Elements of Cedrus deodara, the Himalayan or deodar cedar, have been meticulously assembled with white porcelain paper to create this sculpture reminiscent of marine life. The porcelain acquires a translucent quality during firing.

Length 27 cm
Diameter 22 cm

Thérèse Lebrun Porcelain maker

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