Galerie Mélissa Paul

Valéry Maillot

Valéry Maillot’s ceramic work consists in experimenting shapes and ways of firing his pieces, which are sometimes shaped by the lathe, the plate or the columbine. Convinced that the project takes precedence over the object, the construction of a wood-burning kiln (anagama type) in his workshop allows him to explore slow firing and the effects of the passage of flames on his stoneware ceramics. The artist reproduces the same forms, the same gestures to the point of obsession in order to observe the evolution of the technique until it is forgotten. He seeks out the challenge that arises between the mechanics of shaping and the unknown of experience.