Obsessed with colours and possessed with a sixth sense for discovery and developing hues that have rarely, if ever, been seen in stoneware, Christiane Perrochon has been carrying out research with high temperature ceramic glazes for over forty years.
Christiane Perrochon begins the conception process with sketches in which she studies the desired forms. The next step takes place at the wheel with the realization of the newly conceived forms or they are formed by hand. The forms of the objects are simple and pure, lacking any superfluous details.
It is the glaze that will bring each form to life. Each step of the production process is done by hand, rendering each object completely unique. Christiane Perrochon has been engaged in the continuous research of high-temperature glazes for 40 years. The objects' pure and linear forms are an excellent support for the glazes. In fact, not just any glaze is suitable for any object. Forms and colors are intimately bound together.
The colors created by the artist find their maximum expression in these specifically conceived forms. The glaze is applied through sprinkling and not by spraying. This permits the realization of exquisite color interplays, thanks to the slight variations in the thickness of the glaze. The whole process of production is centered around the study of colors and the brilliance of the forms.
The technology of stoneware fired at 1280° C makes producing glazes with a wide range of colors especially difficult. Christiane Perrochon, through her continuos research in the chemical composition of the glazes and of the different methods of firing (by oxidation or reduction) has succeeded in obtaining exceptional results for which she is internationally recognized.
Christiane Perrochon was born and educated in Geneva Switzerland, Christiane has been living in Italy for the last years. Her residence and laboratory are in Tuscany, Italy in a beautiful country house situated on the top of a hill amid groves of oak and olive trees.
The ceramic laboratory occupies the entire ground floor of the ancient building. Here the artist carries out her on-going research in the creation of new ceramic glazes.