Violaine ULMER

"As a designer, I strive to make things that surprise, that touch and that please beyond the moment."

 

 

images   Violaine Ulmer, a passionate ceramist.

Violaine Ulmer, is a plastic artist, but also designer of jewelry and of other small object. Materials of choice is porcelain, steel and other precious metals. Things are fabricated in small (collector) series or are one-offs.

Her work of pure and generous shapes join with the uniqueness of the material in the search for a balance between sobriety and fantasy.

“As a designer, I strive to make things that surprise, that touch and that please beyond the moment.
Simple
I love simple things. I don’t believe in elaborate details. A hint often is so much more expressive than an accumulation of precision. You have seen a brushstroke of a Japanese calligrapher : Simple and Touching. This is what I aim to achieve.
My predominant material is high-fired porcelain. I procure it in its raw state in the city of Limoges, in the heart of France. I love its whiteness, its fragility and its translucency. I often prefer porcelain in its natural appearance, i.e. unglazed. Glazing is putting vitreous enamel on its surface. Like on a plate or a cup. That’s nice, and it serves a purpose for tableware. But for my work, I prefer the velvet-like roughness of natural porcelain. I love the fragility of its white.
With porcelain as my main material, I add others. Oftentimes mild steel because I love its dark-blue color and its cold opposing the white, warm porcelain.
My porcelain work is 100% handcrafted. The pieces take form by my hands, one by one.
Inspiration
My sources of inspiration are haute couture, architecture and design.”

Violaine Ulmer lives and works in the city of Toulouse, in the south of France.
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