Gisèle Buthod-Garçon

Born in 1954 in Salon de Provence, Gisèle Buthod-Garçon grew up on her parents' farm, in contact with nature and the land, to which she will always be close. The great peculiarity of his work is to have known how to combine the “Raku” cooking technique with very fatty enamels. It is a paradox on which she establishes her notoriety. The major components of her reflection are the volumes in space and the sculptural dimension of the pieces she creates. Earth, fire, form, enamel, nature and travel are his sources of inspiration.

After leaving the factory where she worked to turn utility ceramics in series, Gisèle Buthod-Garçon started out as a professional in 1982. She moved to Manduel, near Nîmes, where she built her own wood-fired oven. She very quickly tames the technique of American Raku, which she will never leave. Born from experiments carried out in the 1950s by Paul Solner, this technique is inspired by that of Japanese Raku, to which we add the stage of smoking. Cooked at low temperature, the pieces are taken out of the oven incandescent and placed in a basin filled with hay and horsehair for the ultimate stage of the smoke during which the plants imprint the piece. The land it needs then does not exist in commerce. This is how she creates her own clay, by mixing sandstone, earthenware, chamotte (microparticles of clay cooked at high temperature) and talc.

The many trips she made will greatly inspire the work of Gisèle Buthod-Garçon. It was also a first trip to Senegal in 1979 that made him realize his desire to work the land. Between 1990 and 2012, she made no less than 13 trips with her companion, Paul Rivault, to Africa (Egypt, Benin, Burkina-Faso…), Asia (Vietnam, Thailand and Japan) and Yemen. His work is marked by these different countries, which make his work evolve over time, with an incredible variety. The ceramicist never stops experimenting and renewing her style