Tuesday, March 13, 2012

David Louveau a Chawan

A couple of weeks ago my friend David Louveau, who is a ceramic artist in La Borne, France, sent me an image of one of his teabowls shortly after it was formed.  Then just the other day we spoke over Skype and he sent me some more images so I thought I would share these two.  
I first met David when we both participated in the Mungyeong Teabowl Festival.  He was representing France I represented the United States.  Mungyeong is located in the heart of the Korean mountains just where the magnificent Baekdu-Daegan mountain range bends to travel south to the tea mountains of Jirisan.  I'll write more about Mungyeong and its great festival later.  This short post is to briefly introduce David and his exciting work.

 Greenware cup David Louveau

David's clay is sandy causing the clay to pull as he quickly forms his work on the wheel.  He likes the naturalness of the clay allowing it and the wheel to speak to the form as much as he does.  His bowls are not large often doubling in their use between infused and powdered tea.  I call this type of form a 'dragon' form.  Although this direction in style is not unique to David he has mastered it and brings to it his own voice.  The results after firing in his equally amazing anagama are exhilarating.

Fired cup David Louveau

I will return to the work of David Louveau in a future post both here and on our teaware blog.  Get in line to obtain one of his pieces.

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