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Modder Growth Sculpture

Françoise Jeffrey


Sculpture, Ceramic on Ceramic

Size: 10.2 W x 21.3 H x 10.2 D in

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The best way to take good care of yourself is to always pursue personal growth. Let this be your loving reminder. Kissed by a touch of gold where she needed it on top, inspired by the Japanese Kintsugi repair tradition [earthenware 2023, September] All my sculptural pieces are hand made by me, coil built, organically shaped and unique in their own imperfect way. I love basic and timeless design, so that’s what you may expect from my work. That means my pieces are (off) white, brown or black, preferably a bit bigger and unglazed. Not only because glaze is often toxic. It is the purity of the shape and the texture of the raw material that I like so much. Together with the environmentally friendly advantage that I only have to fire my work once. How I work I work intuitively. I just start. Without a plan or drawing. However, every shape I make is exactly how I like it. Perfectly imperfect, inspired by the Japanese philosophy wabi-sabi and by my mother. My independent courageous mother who not only taught me to appreciate the beauty in life. But also showed me how to keep life beautiful. Loving reminders I love the idea that my pieces are loving reminders in people’s beautiful homes to take good care of themselves. To remind them to always take control in life, bravely relying on their intuition. Just like my mother always did. Just like I try to do every single day.

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Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic

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Size:10.2 W x 21.3 H x 10.2 D in

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- Soil Touching Souls - Inspired by the Japanese wisdom of wabi-sabi and my mother's influence, the concept of beauty in design for me is not only minimalistic, organic, and pure, but also subtly bold. This translates into my creations typically being off-white, brown, or black, devoid of glaze, and characterized by organic, rounded shapes in challenging balancing compositions. It's the simplicity and imperfection that can deeply resonate, which I hope to achieve with my objects. - Courage for Self-Care - My journey with clay began a year after losing my mother, providing me a means to grieve and initiate the process of letting go. Working with clay allowed me to achieve just that, in a way it still does. At some point I came to realize that my sculptural pieces had become my way of imparting my mother's courage for self-care, which made me keep my promise I had made to her just before she passed away. My mother was the one who consistently revealed life's beauty to me and taught me how to maintain that beauty. She possessed the ability to remain authentic, courageously trusting her intuition despite the setbacks she encountered in life. My work with clay serves as a reminder of the significance of this form of self-care, a lesson passed down from my mother. Each piece I create is an homage to her, and I aspire for my sculptural works to also serve as loving reminders for others to prioritize self-care, just as my mother did, and just as I strive to do every single day.

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