Marisol Jacquemot-Derode, Ceramist

I create unique and bespoke ceramic pieces, primarily within the domains of sculpture and tableware.

After studying at the Ecole du Louvre and the Marquetry Restoration school in Paris, I worked in the film industry (location manager, assistant director and set designer) before moving to the East Coast in America where I developed a strong interest for architecture along with mid-modern century furniture fostering my interior designer skills.

 

I raised my two beautiful children in London. Together we learned how to use great ideas to fuel progress, to bind together things that have been broken, to pick oneself up when you are down, to paint life with colours that it does not always have, to learn from failing, to love beauty because it’s so much better, the difficult because it is more rewarding and the easy because sometimes one longs for a rest.

Working with clay is all of that at the same time. The pieces I create are technically difficult to make and often require me to constantly scrutinise and repeat a process, to understand why a piece is broken when I open the kiln or why it split during the cooling process. Why the colour is not what I expected or why you should not be disappointed but learn from experience and appreciate the qualities of the results. One has to wonder if being broken, split or of a different colour is not ultimately the outcome the piece was destined for, rather than the initial idea that I had set out with.

 

With clay nothing is settled because it is alive. Taming clay is a challenge I experience every time I go to work.

 

All outstanding profits from the work I produce are donated to charitable causes that support women, or matters related to women.