The Space of Pottery (L'espace de la poterie)

Richard L. Harrison

1991, 26:00 minutes, colour, English (French Version)


The Space of Pottery explores the work, creative process and philosophical perspective of internationally acclaimed ceramicist Paul Mathieu, whose multi-layered works in porcelain defy conventional boundaries of craft, sculpture and representation. The many stages of ceramic process unfold as Mathieu creates a piece inspired by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawkings' book, A Brief History of Time. Interviews and numerous finished artworks further reveal the complexity of Mathieu's work. This videotape allows the viewer to experience works of art temporally and evokes an enhanced understanding of both the individual artist and his timeless medium.

Incursion dans l'univers du céramiste québécois Paul Mathieu, dont les oeuvres, par leur caractère original, défient les limites habituelles entre sculpture et artisanat. Tandis que mathieu travaille dans son paisible atelier de Venice en Californie, il nous introduit à la technique de la céramique. Il crée sous nos yeux une oeuvre complexe, composée de sept pièces différentes, inspirée du livre A Brief History of Time du physicien Stephen Hawking. En contrepoint à ses oeuvres, Mathieu définit son esthétique.

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