FOUILHOUX Jean-François, ceramic, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 2000

Since my installation in Mont-près-Chambord in 1976, I study celadon, seeking unobtainable information in books.

Ten years later, in 1986, a weighing error leads me towards this mesmerizing, mythical, satin and translucent material, to which I still devote all my mind and all my time. Although today I regained the technical principles that govern the formation of the famous "fat reflection”, I multiply tirelessly testing, always looking for a new perfection in the quality of a satin tone or in the shade of a tone.

Celadon provides a sensation of sweetness, a sense of infinite depth. In contrast, this serenity allows me to exalt tension, some drama in the complex, vivid and sometimes twisted sculptures.

The outside parts are carved from a block of very soft clay. Forms barely organized but dynamic, abundant and nervous, drawn in a quick gesture, then take birth, retaining at their surface traces of this brutal and passionate genesis.

After an early drying, the clay is hardened and I dig inside. The action is lasting, clay became hard, the lines tighten then become set, and surfaces smooth. Some edges, projections more or less tapered will then fill the vacuum, rhythm and organize it. They are the idea and thought I aggregates with most sensual forms from the outside. On the most recent sculptures, the modeling of a fleshy lip opposes the tension of a line sharp as a blade where the material disappears. The opposition between the indefinite and the defined greatly attracts me, and underpins my work. I like this progression from the effect of material where everyone can let his fantasy enter, to a well-defined form which expresses a symbolic aesthetic universe.

Jean-François Fouilhoux

What represents for me the path of a successful artist is his ability to create a work that will stand the test of time.

In this sense, Jean-François Fouilhoux's career is exemplary.
His work is both timeless and universal; by the choice he made to concentrate his research on celadon, to the point of excelling in the technical mastery of this enamel from Asia, and above all by the choice to rely on this technique to develop a formal statement that he has been able to develop over the decades.

Starting from the earth to go towards the sky, inviting the viewer to a sensory journey, among the folds and folds, the transparencies and cracks.

One discovers in each line the strength of the gesture which determined it. We perceive this vibratory impulse, the meeting of the full and the empty, a fragile balance that echoes our human condition. Like a link that we could finally weave between cultures, a language that each being could decipher and share.

Art as a universal language, what better to hope for?

Laura Capazza-Durand


Born in 1947

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués, Paris

Member of the International Academy of Ceramics

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Internationale Handwerkmesse München, Allemagne, gold medal

Biennale de Vallauris, Price of the ceramics chambre syndicale

Max Laeuger Preis, Lörrach, Germany, First price

The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland, New Zeland, first price

Internationale Handwerkmesse München, Germany, Bayerischer Straatspreis

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Public collections

Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres, France

Centre National d’Arts Plastiques, Paris, France

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

Musée de Vallauris, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mulhouse, France

Musée Déchelette, Roanne, France

Musée Bertrand, Châteauroux, France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Alsace, France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Basse Normandie, France

Musée Pingé, Angers, France

Musée Bernard Palissy, Saint-Avit, France

Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller

Musée Van Dam Van Bommel, Venlo, Netherlands

Musée Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Musée Ariana, Genève, Swiss

Musée de Lörrach, Germany

Museen im Grassi, Leipzig, Allemagne

Fletcher Collection, Aukland, New-Zeland

Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pilinitz, Dresden, Germany

Kunstammunlungen, Coburg, Germany

Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany

Museum of Arts and Design, New-York, USA

L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

Shimada Museum, Japon

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Personal exhibitions

Galerie Terra Viva, Saint-Quentin la Poterie, France

Galerie Nadia B, Dieulefit, France

Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris

Galerie du Don, Le Fel, France

« Ligne nue », Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

Galerie Mayorga. Suhescun, France

Otto Utstilling 2011.Ottohuset, Finnoy, Norway

Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

« Calligraphies d'argile » Galerie Hélène Porée, Paris, France

Artiste invité, Château de Saint-Amand en Puisaye, France

« Dancing » Galerie Empreinte. Aydat, France

« Le Sel », artiste invité, Sèvres, France

Centre céramique contemporaine de La Borne, France

« Adventures of the Fire » The 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea. World

Contemporary Ceramics. Artiste invité.

Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller, France

Galerie Loes & Reinier, Deventer, Netherlands

Galerie Geneviève Godar, Lille, France

Galerie Carla Milivinti, Blois, France

French Museum, résidence, Fuping, China

Galerie Pierre. Paris, France

Tong-in Auction Gallery. Seoul, South Korea

Sofa NYC 2005, Galerie B15, New-York, USA

Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

Arita Porcelain Museum, Arita, Japan

« Céladon, la lumière captive », Collections Baur, Genève, Switzerland

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

Galerie Geneviève Godar, Lille, France

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005, Corée du Sud. Invited artist

Galerie Nadia B. Dieulefit, France

First Biennale of Ceramic of Taiwan.

Workshop. Taipei County Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan

Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

“ The Stuff of Dreams- Matière de Rêves” Portland Art Museum, Portland, USA

Maison du Loir et Cher, Blois, France

Espace Saint Jean, Melun, France

Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hôhr-Grenzhausen, Germany

Galerie Loes & Reinier, Devanter, Netherlands

Galerie Geneviève Godard, Lille, France

Galerie Sarver, Paris, France

"Ceramics at the Turn of the Millennium, Galerie Helen Drutt, Philadelphia, USA.

" Rêves de Jade", Galerie le Vieux Bourg, Lonay-près-Morges, Switzerland

Galerie Tony Rocfort, Rennes, France

Internationale Handwerkmesse Mùnchen 99, RFA. Bayerisher Staatspreis.

Galerie Sarver, Paris

Galerie Hamelin, Honfleur, France

Galerie B 15, Mùnchen, Germany

The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award", Aukland, New Zeland   Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

Galerie Hamelin, Honfleur, France

Hôtel de Ville de Choisy-le-Roi, France

Galerie B 15, München, Germany

Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

Galerie du Puits Châtel, Blois, France

Galerie Le Vieux Bourg, Lonay-près-Morges, Switzerland

"Le Céladon", Galerie le Vieux Bourg, Lonay-près-Morge, Switzerland

Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

"L'Artère essentielle", Maison de la Céramique, Mulhouse, France.

"The 2nd International Ceramics Compétition 89", Mino, Japan

Galerie La Marge, Blois, France.

Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

Meckenheim, RFA

Galerie Arcadie, Lyon, France

Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

Galerie Feiter, Bad Honnef, RFA

Galerie Noëlla Gest, Saint Rémy de Provence, France

Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

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