"My approach focuses on exploring the textures, materials and nuances of earth rather than enamel. I explore hybrid formats, on the border of utility and sculpture."



CERAMIST, Aubervilliers (93)

Justine shares with us her inspirations, her challenges, but also her values, focused on people and the environment.

Tell us your story, how did your vocation come to you?

It is a sequence of 2 elements:
The first was to discover the dishes that a friend made, I thus discovered that it was possible to learn how to spin :)

The second was a trip to Greece, seeing some ancient ceramics in a museum, I said to myself that I wanted to do that and when I returned from my trip I contacted all the workshops in Paris to find a place. I quickly realized that I could spend my days there :)

I started pottery turning as a hobby before following a one-year full-time training course in order to take the lead in a professional practice.

How would you describe your style, your artistic approach in a few words?

My artistic approach finds its main inspiration in nature. My work is characterized by a playful exploration of assemblages, structures, as well as shapes and spirals that we find in humans, rocks, shells. My approach focuses on exploring the textures, materials and nuances of earth rather than glaze. I explore hybrid formats, on the border of utility and sculpture.

What are the themes or subjects that inspire you the most in your work?

Humans, nature, rocks, shells, land

How do you work?

I have a workshop in Aubervilliers, I practice both filming and modeling.
I try to have the most ecological approach possible, my packaging is either purchased new but recycled and recyclable or comes from recovery, just like a good number of objects that I use in my workshop. I try to be very water efficient in my practice. The earth that I mainly use is local and natural earth, I also pay attention to the raw materials that I integrate into my enamel, avoiding those whose extraction has too strong a social or environmental impact. Of course, the practice of ceramics is not neutral for the environment because we use materials extracted from the soil and cooking requires high energy consumption. It is good to be aware of this.

Tell us about your daily life, your constraints, your joys, your successes…

My daily life is in no way monotonous!
Between freelance missions that I still keep in my old field (digital), wecandoo workshops once a month, courses for adults with severe autism every week, my production, communication, administration, sales , orders, my weeks are busy but I like that no day is the same and to have great freedom in my organization. I'm still at the beginning of my practice, so I still feel like I'm exploring on all levels. My current challenges: I haven't yet found my ideal sales model, I still haven't unlocked the secret of Instagram and I don't like having to spend time there and finally, I want everything doing and trying everything all the time, so I have to center myself and not spread myself too thin :)


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