Jeanne Bonnefoy-Mercuriali série Qantab

Ceramicist Jeanne Bonnefoy-Mercuriali has been travelling back and forth between her French studio in Eure et Loir and the Middle East for several years. Her creations, which straddle the line between art and craft, seek to combine traditional inspirations with contemporary forms, utilitarian objects with artistic ambitions.
Portrait_bonnefoy_julien_cresp-www She works with clay and plaster, resorting to techniques such as colombi, moulding, enamelling or patinating. A stay of one and a half years in Yemen (2008-2009) enabled her to learn the colombi technique and to study ancient South Arabian art. The modern lines, simplicity of detail and gentle expression of pieces from the legendary Kingdom of Saba are reinterpreted and reworked in Jeanne Bonnefoy-Mercuriali's pieces.

The Qantab series was born in Oman. During her stay of several years, Jeanne Bonnefoy-Mercuriali delicately engraved and then decorated with engobes in natural colours pieces with archetypal lines, whose motifs are inspired by the art of basketry in the south of the Arabian peninsula. In this way, she has undertaken a work of reinterpretation of traditional motifs, seeking their repetition, their accumulation and their confrontation in order to underline their graphic strength.

Some of her works will be exhibited by craft2eu at the GRASSIMESSE in Leipzig from 21 to 23 October 2022.