Jean-François Fouilhoux (°1947, France) has been working with celadon glazes for more than 25 years. His hand-built works are glazed and fired multiple times, before reaching the perfection he is looking for. His celadon glazes range from light blue-green to a deep olive green in colour. Fouilhoux's works combine the traditional Chinese celadon glaze with a French free-form aesthetic.Fouilhoux is known as “the master of celadon” and he describes his work with celadon in a very poetic way:
“What am I looking for? My philosophers’ stone is translucid inside, satiny and polished on the outside. Seen under a low magnification, the surface from a celadon resembles the sea seen from a balloon, covered with a multitude of minuscule wavelets, packed closely together, like a myriad of crystals, creating the greasy, silky, waxy reflection, depending on the shape, the size and the number of micro-reliefs. Deep within the glaze the crystals provide the murky, enchanting translucidity. Experiment shows that the crystallisation on the surface is the most important. Breathe onto any transparent celadon; the condensation deposed as minuscule droplets creates a layer and a magical reflection… And then the dream evaporates. It is this mineral and unctuous aspect which I want to give to my sculptures, so that they live through and by the light.”
Fouilhoux studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués in Paris from 1962-68.
In 1980 he won the Gold Medal at the“Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich, Germany. In 1982 he was awarded the Prix CSC at the Biennale Vallauris, France and in 1998 he was winner of the renowned Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland, New Zealand. His work is represented in museums all over the world.