Ateliers d'Art de France

Jean-François Bourlard, Winner of the work's award

Jean-François Bourlard, a sculptor and ceramist based in Sadirac, Gironde, was named winner of the Work Award for his "Raku Punk" project in January 2012.


The winner

Winner's profile
After completing classical ceramics training at the CNIFOP, Jean-François Bourlard, who describes himself as a potter, turned towards an experimental approach to the material and its limits, producing disconcerting, highly textured works in a purely artistic process.
In his gigantic kilns, he conducts uncompromising firing experiments, the most radical of which remains "Raku Punk". While his colleagues adopt a quasi-spiritual approach to raku, he combines it with an energy drawn from punk music.

Work project
Thanks to the Foundation's support, Jean-François Bourlard was able to implement his "Raku Punk" project, which had been in the making for several years. The idea was to create a life-size 12m² ceramic kitchen, with occupants and accessories, using firing techniques which were spectacular to say the least, and which he had developed himself. This monumental piece, the result of nine months' work, was exhibited at the Biennale de la Création des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in September 2012. The public were able to watch Jean-François Bourlard assemble, in situ, the thousand or so different elements of the scene.
"Raku Punk" will be exhibited at the Capazza gallery in Nançay from 23rd March to 16th June 2013 at the "Rendez-vous au lieu de la transformation" exhibition.

The synopsis of the Raku Punk project
Winner of the Work Award, Jean-François Bourlard has nine months in which to carry out his project: a life-size kitchen created using the "Raku Punk" firing technique.

The jury

The jury members are appointed for a single session:

  • Serge Nicole, jury chairman, Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation president
  • Pascale Riberolles, director, Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation
  • Fabrice Bousteau, editor, Beaux-Arts Magazine
  • Guy Boyer, chief editor, Connaissance des Arts
  • Gérard Capazza, Capazza gallery
  • Bruno Gaudichon, curator, La Piscine de Roubaix - Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent
  • Béatrice Salmon, director, Musée des Arts Décoratifs
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Raku Punk - Jean-François Bourlard © X.MUYARD

2014 exhibition in Sadirac

The "Céramique en fête" festival in Sadirac (Aquitaine) will feature an exhibition of the monumental work "Raku Punk" by the winner of the Work Award.

The festival:
> 28 May to 15 June 2014,
in Sadirac

Exhibition by Jean-François Bourlard:
> 24 May to 15 November 2014
> Inauguration at 11 a.m. on Saturday 14 June at the Maison de la Poterie de Sadirac, at the opening of the market for 40 French and European ceramists

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