Jolain, Mado

Mado Jolain was born in Paris in 1921. During the Occupation, she joined the School of Decorative Arts in Paris and the drawing and sculpture workshops of La Grande Chaumière. She met René Legrand, who turned to painting instead. Sensitized by the craze for ceramics that began before the war, Mado Jolain made her first pottery trials in the oven of a utility ceramics workshop, rue d'Alesia

In 1946, Mado Jolain and René Legrand married and moved to Montrouge where René set up his painting studio The ceramic workshop was not far away, in the 14th district René Legrand made their first pieces Popular art, very fashionable in the decorative arts of the post-war period, is for them a great source of inspiration They visit the museum of Dijon and the museum of art and popular traditions where they appreciate the forms of the utilitarian pottery In 1948, creations of the workshop Mado Jolain are exhibited for the first time at the Salon of Decorative Art Workshops and L'object 1948, an exhibition that dates back to after the war, organized at the Galerie Denise Breteau, rue Bonaparte, Paris

In 1950, the ceramic workshop Mado Jolain moved in turn to Montrouge René Legrand devoting himself more and more to painting, Klaus Schultze succeeded him to the shooting of the creations of the ceramic workshop until 1956 All the production of Atelier Mado Jolain is turned, then worked, developed in different ways, from forms turned Member of the Chamber of Trade Union Ceramists and Workshops of France, present at all the Salons Decorative Art Workshops, Mado Jolain frequent the other ceramists of his era: Jacques Blin, president of the Chambre Syndicale, Fernand Lacaf, Roger Capron, Robert Deblander, Pol Chambost, The Argonauts, Norbert and Jeanne Pierlot, Jacqueline Lerat ... She creates mainly ceramic for the home and the table with enamel decorations more and more stylized over the years

In 1955, Denise Majorel organizes an exhibition Mado Jolain in her Galerie La Demeure-Rive gauche, Saint-André des Arts Square Mado Jolain ceramics are distributed in decoration and tableware shops, as well as in Primavera Printemps shop. animated by Colette Guéden Her work is the subject of many quotes in magazines such as Arts and Decoration (1952) and Furniture and Decoration (1949-1953-1955-1956) In 1958, Mado Jolain moved with his family and the ceramic workshop on the banks of the Marne, in Champigny Its ceramic evolves towards models for the garden, the terrace, glazed or in natural terracotta The forms are purified, gain strength, enamelling unifies, streaks and perforations become the only sets made on the pieces after shooting Among the turners who collaborate in this place with Mado Jolain, Michel Lanos is the one who stayed the longest and who participated in the creation of series of cache pots and a multitude of spice jars that gave life to the workshop

In 1964, Mado Jolain made a trip to Japan where she visited the Hamada workshop, and in England in the footsteps of Bernard Leach. Despite these visits to the masters of ceramics after the war, Mado Jolain will remain inspired mainly by research great architects like Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Alvar Aalto

In 1963, she exhibited her garden ceramics at the Galerie du Siècle a gallery of Saint-Germain des Prés With the garden ceramics, Mado Jolain moves towards more monumental creations.

In 1966 his exhibition Folklore gallery in Lyon will be the last of his activity of ceramist who stops in 1970

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• From 1948 to 1965 Mado Jolain exhibits at the Salon des ateliers d'art SAD

• 1948, Mado Jolain participates in the exhibition "The 1948 object" at the Galerie Denise Breteau, rue Bonaparte, Paris

• 1949 Mado Jolain participates in the Salon de l'Imagerie at the Musée Galliera, Paris

• 1953 Exhibition "Terre de France" Grand Deposit

• 1955 Mado Jolain exhibits at the Salon des Tuileries

• 1955 "Ceramics of Mado Jolain" exhibition at the Galerie La Demeure-Rive gauche, Place Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris

• 1963 Exhibition "Mado Jolain terracotta pottery, tiles and claustra" at the Galerie du Siècle, boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris

• 1966 Exhibition Mado Jolain garden ceramics at the Galerie Folklore Lyon