Françoise Joris

Born: 1957
Place of Birth: Belgium

Belgian ceramicist and artist Françoise Joris graduated with qualifications in pottery and sculptural ceramics. For more than 20 years, Françoise has been working in pottery whilst also refining her skills with porcelain. She uses the Nerikomi technique (creating patterns with coloured clay) to create her visions of nature. The addition of paper pulp and textile fibres give the porcelain more body and great flexibility, and cooking the porcelain keeps the whiteness, whilst also giving it remarkable translucency.She then shapes and assembles fine porcelain ribbons in delicate shades to obtain light and ethereal structures.

'Everything started when I was a child. At that time, I was living with my parents in Zaiire (Democratic Republic of the Congo). I loved to take laterite (red clay, top soil) in my hands and knead it to give it form. For me, contact with clay and porcelain is a primordial experience. I started working clay more than 20 years ago. Over time refining my expertise and looking for more finesse, I turned to porcelain. Each new experience is an opportunity to express my vision of nature. The addition of paper pulp and textile fibers gives the porcelain more body and greater flexibility. Baking the ceramics in an electric oven at 1250 ° keeps the whiteness of the porcelain while giving it a remarkable translucency.'

Françoise has received numerous awards including: The Hainaut Arts and Crafts Award 2016, first prize at the Biennial of the Ceramic 2010, Andenne, Belgium; Laure Verijdt Prize 2010, Royal Academy of Belgium, Brussels; WCC Europe Award for Contemporary Crafts 2010, Arts & Crafts Eunique, Karlsruhe, Germany; Rheinisches Museum Landesmusuem Competition for Craft and Design 2009, Trier, Germany.

Françoise's work was featured in A Natural Selection, 1st May - 29th May 2019 - which can be viewed here.

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