DEBLANDER Robert, ceramic, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 1986

Robert Deblander, the master of the requirement

“Rigor of simple volumes, without entering the minimalist ideology, lends itself to so-called useful items as forms liberated of their usefulness; it gives strength to the image of each one. However, even before the 60’s and regularly thereafter, graphic compositions, delicate calligraphy, color reappearance came to animate the austere surfaces of pottery and stoneware under fire. But porcelain, adopted only in 1975, however, seems to have prevailed. This stylish success has failed to fill the original potter Deblander, who wanted to challenge, in an occidental way, the strangely free and disciplined "chawans" of Japanese Zen. Their spirit lent themselves beautifully to an exciting recovery of all practices experienced by Robert Deblander since its inception. It was a quiet riot of bowls marking the end of a period and introducing (or reintroducing) sculptures created in the 1970s.

(...)The internal borders of the ceramic, Robert Deblander has experienced them, but also thought and analyzed. To complete his commitment in the defense of ceramic art, he wrote frequently on the work of his colleagues, focusing on the most vulnerable, the creation ceramic, and has always maintained his belief, true to himself, voluntarily lonely without deviating its way.

He probably opened a way into the ceramic world, as an artistic medium. He will remain a master unintentionally, although he has not generated a movement, but simply created a style that bears his name and which can be a step for a young designer or a milestone in a potter adventure. This refinement is inimitable or too representative; it is the protection against copying. If someone tries, to find a diversion or other characteristic is mandatory because it seems impossible to surpass.

(...) The Deblander style is defined; purity of forms, perfection of finish, technical requirement, quality of material, integration of decor and how it fits into the artistic news: but the essential is certainly not said because the fervent wish of the ceramist remains to achieve this kind of aura that surrounds any of his creations, because it’s at this point that we can clearly talk about art. This perfection combined with the functional requirement led to the design, but this way, too dependent on an economic system did not suit him. The origin of manufactured goods is quickly forgotten and all the credit for the artist to be a pioneer.

Robert Deblander applied the lesson of freedom he received from Vassil Ivanoff. He is given the challenges while remaining true to himself, he forced himself, "with the courage of unconsciousness" to develop the area of ​​its creation, he will remain an outstanding representative, attentive witness of the French ceramic art of the mid-twentieth century”.

Nicole Crestou, Robert Deblander, Review of the Ceramic and Glass


Born in Paris, January 22, 1924, died May 8, 2010.

Ecole nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs of Paris.

First contact with the ceramic crafts in various studio Nièvre, Drôme, Hérault, Ain.

First studio in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Electric kiln. Research on the "classic" earthenware, that is to say, baking clay marl dough covered with mat white enamel tin. Decor paint or oxides on non-figurative themes.

Set up his studio in Saint-Amand, Puisaye, France, where practical cooking sandstone open flame.

Eté 1962
First wood firing. First modeled forms of mixed technique. Also created forms of single revolution marked by the architecture and sculpture. Begins to write many articles on the aesthetics of ceramics as well as potters.

Participates in the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Sandstone Sèvres.

Exhibited at the Musée Cantini, Marseille (Grand Prize of the city).

Métiers d’art d’aujourd’hui, Château de Gien.

Biennale de Vallauris, médaille de vermeil.

Métiers d’art d’aujourd’hui, Marcigny.

Galerie Yonne Républicaine, Auxerre.

Works with a gas oven. Research stoneware glazes and starts working on porcelain: celadon, red. Matt enamels: blue, turquoise, deep greens.

Exposition de Munich, gold medal.

400 ans de Poterie en Puisaye, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye.

Galerie Topka, Paris.

Château de Ratilly, Treigny. Exposition avec Pierre Lèbe, Hamada, Etienne Martin, Viera Da Silva.

Creating a line of porcelain for Porcelain Paris.

Le grès contemporain Berry-Puisaye, Maison de la Culture, Nevers.

Céramique contemporaine, MMAF, Biot.

Mission au Tchad (ONU).

Musée Keramion, Frechen, Germany.

Artistes-Artisans   ? Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.

Galerie Sarver, Paris.

Galerie Fritz Vehring, Germany.

Appointed Director of the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Limoges (uninsured post for personal reasons).

Creating contemporary forms for Etablissements Montgolfier.

Les Métiers d’Art, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

Exposition de l’Académie Internationale de Céramique, Kyoto, Japan.

Galerie Capazza, Nançay.

Céramique contemporaine, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.

Kunst Museum, Cologne, Germany.

1ère Biennale de céramique contemporaine, Châteauroux.

Galerie Chapo, Paris.

Creation for la Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres.

Galerie Charlotte Henning, Darmstadt, Germany.

Keramik 82, Montabaur, Westerwald, Germany.

Céladons, Galerie Sarver, Paris.

La Porcelaine contemporaine, Saint-Yrieix.

Rencontres avec la terre, Maison de la Culture, Saint-Etienne.

Nommé Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Chairs the international design competition in Valence, Spain.

Galerie des Métiers d’Art, Antibes.

6 Céramistes français à Deventer, Galerie Loes et Reiner, Netherlands.

Céramique contemporaine, école d’arts appliqués, Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Installing a new studio.

Appointed Director of Research and Promotion ceramic center Saint-Amand.   Galerie 18, Bruxelles, Belgium.

Galerie Epona, Paris.

Organizes various symposiums and courses in the CNIFOP with ceramists: Champy, Bayle, Pastore, Varlan, Pénicaud, de Crousaz, Vanier, Palley, Atkins, Corregan, Gardelle, Delmotte, Chapallaz, Girel, Fouilhoux, de Montmolin, Eve, Bogino.

Involved in exposure to Maison de la Céram ique, Mulhouse.

Membre de pilotage de l’exposition l’Europe des Céramistes.

Nommé Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

Printemps des Potiers, Bandol.

Galerie 18, Bruxelles, Belgium.

Concours Bernard Palissy, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.

Galerie Sarver, Paris.

Centre Saint-Exupéry, Reims.

Biennale de Céramique, Châteauroux.

Le Lavoir, Clamart.

Working sets of sandstone, with reserve, white enamel overlay and black-brown presented at the Biennale de Châteauroux.   

Musée de Villiers Saint Benoît.

Galerie Le vieux bourg, Lonay-près-Morges, Swiss.

Galerie Hamelin, Honfleur.

Céladons d’aujourd’hui, Musée Bernard Palissy, Lacapelle-Biron.

Porcelain works, with decorations in reserve on black, matt or satin.

Le Vase, Soissons.

Galerie Loes et Reiner, Deventer, Netherlands.

Maison de la Céramique, Mulhouse.

Galerie Godar, Lille.

Galerie Sarver, Paris.

Galerie Trace, Hastières-par-delà, Belgium.

The contemporary teapot, Keramikmuseet, Middelfart, Denmark.

Research blues, sets reserve porcelain.

Porcelaines, Giroussens.

Verre-Terre, Reviers.

Espace Cardin, Galerie Capazza, Paris.

Maison des Métiers d’Arts, Roanne.

Aplha House Gallery, Sherborne, England.

Galerie Terra Viva, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie.

Rouges de cuivre, Musée Bernard Palissy, Lacapelle-Biron.

Exposition rétrospective, Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres.

Galerie Pierre, Paris.

Galerie Pierre, Paris.

Exposition Deblander, Joulia, Lerat, Mohy, Galerie Capazza, Nançay.

Resumes sculpture.

Galerie Pierre, Paris.

Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Toucy.

Galerie Pierre, Paris.

Galerie Pierre, Paris.

Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Toucy.

Ten years of Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la main, galerie Charpentier, Paris.

Exposition hommage au Musée Vassil Ivanov, La Borne

Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris

Exposition hommage, «   Deblander, œuvres inconnues   », Couvent de Treigny

Exposition hommage, Galerie Capazza, Nançay

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Public collections

Musée Cantini, Marseille, France

Préfecture de Nevers, France

Musée de Freichen, Cologne, Germany

Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, France

International Ceramics Academy, Kyoto, Japan

Frac Limousin, , France

Sous-préfecture de Cosne sur Loire, France

Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Musée National de Sèvres, France

Conseil Général de la Nièvre, France

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