Sandstone colored in the mass, enamel
Hélène MORBU, a ceramist, is one of the 2016 laureates of the Jeune Création Métiers d'Art prize, organized by Ateliers d'Art de France. She presents on Maison & Objet her series of "Quetzal" and "Codex" vases for which she was awarded, as well as her collection of objects made in small series for the arts of the table.
For two years, the ceramist has been developing a work based on the emblematic shape of the vase, more decorative but also more experimental, inspired by the plastic qualities of the earth. With the series "Quetzal", she develops a technique using combs that press the earth. A slow and precise process that shows amazing and unprecedented surfaces that resemble the work of leather, textile or rattan. Highly sensitive to color, it combines email and colorful earth to further complicate the texture and to show other patterns or vibrations in the surface. This approach to the material is reminiscent of the brick architecture that Helen Morbu is particularly fond of for her structures that play with patterns and nuances.