Quentin Marais' work is the result of an attitude towards the earth, a combination of memories and everyday life, the construction of objects and gestures. Sometimes attentive, sometimes free, observant or dreamy, playful or serious: his forms are constructed according to his whims. Blending the real and the imaginary, they change, evolve, play and transform until they are fired. Firing freezes moments and photographs stories. For Quentin Marais, there is no nostalgia or melancholy, but a desire to rediscover a primal freedom, a childlike lightness. Clay offers him this freedom. Able to offer a plasticity between the useful and the useless, it is for him the bridge between a symbolic world and the contemporary universe.
One thing worries me: what was the first object created by man? An object of worship, magical and ornamental or a useful, practical and rational tool? This question remains unanswered.
After graduating from the Lycée Léonard de Vinci in Montaigu with a Baccalauréat in Applied Arts, Quentin Marais went on to study ceramics at the Ecole Duperré DMA. During this period, he met Franck Brunet, a ceramics sculptor who, two years later, steered him towards training at the Maison de La Céramique in Dieulefit. There, he met designer Guillaume Bardet, with whom he spent over eight months developing the "L'usage des jours" project - exhibited in numerous museums and awarded the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® in 2011.
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