Recently, I had the honour of being commissioned to design the window displays for the Harry Winston store in Manhattan as well as for their stores, in Asia, Europe, Russia and the US.
The floral artwork that I designed is an ode to Spring and to the sparkle of sunshine that strikes a chord in everyone’s heart as the season announces a new beginning. Leaving behind my traditional white trademark, I wholeheartedly embraced the warm and joyous colors inspired by the Harry Winston Sunflower Collection, and glazed each flower with yellows, oranges, reds and antique roses.
I am grateful for having such a great team here in my studio and to be able to transmit my knowledge and craftsmanship to both the up-and-coming and the accomplished ceramicists who work with me on my projects.
During the weeks spent at developing a technique to produce these flowers, I discovered that no matter how I was to explain the hand building method, each one would eventually develop their own twist to these delicately handcrafted petals and hearts. Rather than insisting on having everyone make the flowers identical, I embraced the uniqueness that ensued, resulting in a naturalistic composition of over 300 intricate ceramic flowers.
My studio is like an orchestra or a dance company, and my work is similar to that of a choreographer; encouraging some towards greater expression while I steer others to contain their wonderful exuberance. The complexity of this orchestration inevitably results in the creation of compositions that are both vibrant and rich and consequently reflect the singularity and diversity of my lively troupe.
This being said, I would like to thank each and everyone who has worked on this amazing project : Agathe Palavioux, Maud Beauchamp, Christian David, Florent Lubienicki, Annie-Cécile Tremblay, Wolfe Girardin, Cynthia David, Christiane Paquin, Miho Inaba and Maude Langevin.