Today, Besson Immobilier would like to introduce you to the story of a young artist who has a passion for beautiful things. Charlotte Vouilloz, ceramicist, has shaped her professional life in the same way as she shapes the earth she kneads, with passion and delicacy.
Feet in the mountains
Charlotte’s vivid memories of her childhood spent roaming the mountains near the Vieux Emosson hut looked after by her mother, serve as inspiration for the ceramic pieces she creates today, which are mainly comprised of tableware. From rock to clay, seasons to pigments, wood to kiln, water to matter, air to curves, just as many elements that she manipulates or modifies the balance of to transcend the matter.
Head in the stars
As a child, Charlotte, helped a Geneva artist living in their small village of Finhaut to convert a future ceramic workshop. After shovels, wheelbarrows, hammer and elbow grease, the workshop was complete and Charlotte “got her hands dirty” and discovered the magical world of ceramics, a real love at first sight for this girl from the mountains.
After completing a CFC ( certificat fédéral de capacité (3-4 year diploma)) in hospitality, it was a natural step for her to continue her studies at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey for 3 years. “Those were the best years of my life.” Asserts Charlotte. Sharing with teachers, designers and future ceramicists was a true fertile ground for the creativity of the young artist.
The profession of ceramicist is the most beautiful profession in the world according to Charlotte. But you shouldn’t count the hours. The salary is very low and it is hardly possible to live on this art alone. Now a mother of two little girls aged 2 and 4 and living in Sapey (Bruson), Charlotte has always had her fingers in many pots. From the W hotel in Verbier, to the Morand distillery in Martigny and now as a teacher, Charlotte has always been keen to give joy to her guests, clients and students. Her generosity is reflected in her art.
Hands on the earth
Charlotte calls herself more a ceramicist than a potter, with a marked attraction for objects that have a utility. She draws inspiration not only from the mountains, but also from old possessions, flea markets and old things. She works particularly with columbine shaping and moulding with pigments tinted in the earth which she prefers to enamel.
An artisan of the useful
This earth work allows her to refocus on the material and give value back to the “handmade”. It is in the dreamy sketch of refined curves, the intense body to body with a material so difficult to tame, that the artist extends her search for purity and harmony.
A beautiful range of moulded items
Coffee cups, teacups, mugs, bowls, vases, basins etc. And then, in addition to her tableware, this enthusiast paid tribute to her country’s heritage with a series on cheese, a work carried out in collaboration with her ceramicist colleague and friend, Julie Crettol.
A beautiful assortment to showcase in your home. Or to give as gifts as the holiday season approaches.
Le Pac, a small ceramic workshop (le petit atelier céramique)
Charlotte has just opened a new workshop that she shares with another ceramicist, Julie Crettol and a graphic designer Viviane Monteiro. To find out more about her work go to her fb page, or her Instagram page or you can make an appointment with her by phone.
Le petit atelier céramique
Route du Grand-St-Bernard 14
+41 79 731 18 00.