madgesmuse

Handmade Stoneware Ceramics from Les Cevennes, France

Ponteils-et-Brésis, France On Etsy since 2018

madgesmuse

Handmade Stoneware Ceramics from Les Cevennes, France

Ponteils-et-Brésis, France | 28 Sales

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American Expat Artist working in France

I grew up in a small beach town in Northern California but went to NYC as soon as I could when I was 18 and got my Bachelors degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 1990. I worked as an artist assistant for ceramic artists in SF and then NYC, while developing my skills in courses at SF City College, then Greenwich House Pottery and the 92nd st. Y in NYC. In the mid nineties I started my own ceramic production business called MadzDish, doing both wholesale and retail markets in NY and the east coast.
But I was also developing a body of work in sculpture on the side and decided to pursue it seriously, enrolling in the MFA program at Hunter College CUNY, and putting production work behind me.
I thrived at Hunter, and my work grew in new directions, not limited by medium. I was involved in installation art, unauthorized street art, mixed media sculpture, photography and printmaking. The ideas determined what medium was best to express them and I have always been fiercely independent in my choices to not limit myself or conform to puritanical notions of correctness.
At Hunter I discovered a love for Printmaking and spent many late nights and weekends managing the print shop and making etchings. Using acid to etch into the metal plate felt sculptural and the graphic forms I made echoed in my sculpture while not being representational of it. I was TA for the heads of both printmaking and ceramics departments. There was a constant dialogue between my etchings and my biomorphic and social sculptures that were made in a variety of mediums from mud to soap, to vinyl, plastic, wax and gelatin.
After 9/11 my life took a drastic turn and I really cut myself free from the known, putting everything into storage and moved to India to get lost and find myself and to prove to myself that the world and its people are not something to fear. I traveled and made friends from all over the world. I made art and exhibited there and in America during brief trips to the States. I learned many spiritual practices and sat with many obscure and now famous gurus while trying to make sense of this life, at this time on this fragile planet, treading lightly in bare feet much of the time and living very simply.
It is in this context that I met my french partner and eventually was persuaded to come live with him in France and to raise our son in his old french farmhouse that he had commenced to renovate.
Moving to France, pregnant ,with only a backpack, directly from India was another culture shock. I didn't speak a word of French. But we have been renovating the old farm buildings piece by piece and now I have my own studio space and kiln, and we operate a guesthouse in the summer. As my son grew and I got my mind back a little, I started to work again in clay because it felt familiar and grounding! Something I desperately needed!
I got a kiln in 2015 and haven't stopped since. I apply myself to experimentation and glaze development and have been doing small scale one of a kind production and selling my wares at the local markets as a bridge to the community here and a chance to practice my french and conaverse on subjects that interest me.
I discovered that Etsy provides a platform where I can sell my work from anywhere and I have started to slowly build up my presence there in the last couple of years. It's not my only venue, but its been one that gives my work further reach to new markets and customers .
It is amazing to me that I was invited to participate in the Altuzarra x Etsy collection, because of being discovered on Etsy. I feel so remote, but I am not, grace of the internet!

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    I'm an American expat artist working in the mountains of Les Cevennes in Southern France. I have worked on and off in clay for 30 years. I live in a renovated old stone farmhouse where I am raising my son and making art and ceramics full time.

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