Spring Flowers - Art by Clement Massier
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Clement Massier
Spring Flowers

c 1900

About

An encounter with Massier’s luster-glazed ceramics is an embarkation on an acid-colored trip, the sort of exploration which inspires deep reflection and requires transparency. Clement Massier, an accomplished ceramist born into a multi-generational family of potters working in Valauris, France in the second half of the 19th century, transcended his family’s metier. Rather than creating utilitarian objects as a means unto themselves, he used the ceramic medium as an aesthetic platform to make art. Among the many international awards earned during his lifetime, Massier was awarded a gold medal at Paris’s World’s Fair in 1889 at l’Exposition Universelle. At the Exposition, it was Massier’s ceramic glazing techniques, using turquoise metallic luster, which captured the world’s attention. Massier’s metallic luster glazes produce the dual properties of reflectivity and transparency to create iridescence. In order to achieve this, Massier fired his ceramics in a three-tiered process at increasingly lower temperatures. He applied the final glaze created from a metallic clay compound with a brush. When the blackened vessels had fully cooled, they were buffed until shiny to reveal his iridescent inspirations of nature. Each piece produced was a unique object revealing not only the hand of the artist but also the variable effects of temperature, natural elements and their interactive relationships. His glazes are illusory interpretations fused into fired earthenware. Conversely, the ceramic object’s solidity belies its ephemeral nature which constantly changes in light. This duality naturally inherent to this art medium is a theme which Massier echoes in his subject matter.

Details

  • Artist
    Clement Massier (1844 - 1917, French)
  • Creation Year
    c 1900
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Minor glaze loss at lip.
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 14.5 in. x W 9 in.H 36.83 cm x W 22.86 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU46733783561
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