- Ceramic jar, OBVARA firing
Hélène Fleury plunges us into a world where softness and detail go hand in hand. The ceramic jars she designs fascinate with their matt and shiny texture at the same time. They will quickly overwhelm you in their infinite detail created by the artist's favorite cooking; Obvara and Raku. The organic shapes they display are often crowned with delicately chosen driftwood.
This jar was first rotated and then fired with the famous and intriguing technique of Obvara firing, which actually involves immersing the piece in water as it comes out of the oven. This technique is also called flour Raku. It comes from the countries of Eastern Europe and presumably, it would have been born because of an extremely hot pottery which would have fallen into a tub of water or macerated leftovers of table. This accident would have created amazing patterns on the surface of the pot.
Obvara once had a mythical charge. Designs obtained by fire and water sometimes create eye shapes. They are said to have the power to protect food from evil spirits. The driftwoods with their suggestive shapes would also participate in protecting the contents of the jar.
7¾ x 7 x 5¼''
Learn more about the artist
To give oneself freely and with joy to the work of form, one must know one's material intimately. It is then that the oeuvre comes to life and is inhabited by a breath. This feeling is beyond words.
Some parts will never breathe. No need to struggle, you have to know how to recover the clay and start again. This fascinating material, as long as it is not cooked, can be returned to itself indefinitely.
I started very young as a potter. My journey in visual arts, especially the years when I modeled clay to make bronzes, led me to where I am. Creating a turned piece to add shaped parts to it has kind of become my signature. Although it's a delicate process, especially with porcelain, it's a challenge and I enjoy every step of it.
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Ceramic jar, OBVARA firing
Product Code: HEF-OBV-005
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