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Michele Hudelot

Clay / Lafayette, LA / Master Craftsman

Artist Statement

In Celebration Of Ephemeral Flowers

It’s all about my fascination for Ephemeral Flowers.

These 'Here today, Gone tomorrow' beauties use all that is in their power to live a meaningful life and put our own existence in perspective. They offer flamboyant colors, divine fragrances, extravagant shapes or, frequently, a multitude of tiny flowers that put on an incredible show. I want to display them in all their brilliance and cleverness.

Once the object of their function gone, these vases keep vivid the memory we have of the flowers, they help the eye remind the mind that blooms once were there. They enter the intimate space of the flower lovers who will be their ultimate users. It is hoped that the combination of the vases and the flowers they are meant for will be spectacular and fun to put together. Wall pieces stand freely in a cradle of wires and cables inspired by vines and plants or in a protecting leaf, table bud pieces find support for their balancing act from wavy wires and the little flower cups in pocket vases are ready for the 'Mummy, here’s a flower for you' moments.

Let us celebrate life and flowers.

Working at home in my studio, I produce my pieces in series but thrive to make them all different often switching from series to series. I like to, either, start with a basic idea and a lump of clay and let the piece unfold and reveal itself under my fingertips, or, in contrast, do a series of drawings in which problems are raised and solved, then I faithfully execute them. They are mostly hand built using the soft or dry slab methods. Depending on the outcome desired, I throw on the wheel, press mold, coil, pinch, use an extruder or a slab roller combining techniques at time. A multitude of tools is used: ribs, knives, rolling pins, rulers, trimming, carving, ribbon tools, wires, needle tools, clay shapers, stamps that I find or make myself, molds, brushes that I make or buy, sponges, cookie cutters, anything and everything that will leave a mark in or on the clay.

I either buy bagged clay or prepare it myself (very small quantity and... not too often) following my own or found recipes. The same applies to glazes: I get commercial glazes or mix them myself.

Biography

Born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, Michele Hudelot feels fortunate she grew up French in a multi-ethnic, culturally diverse environment.

With husband Jean, she lived in many countries around the world before happily settling in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Since graduating in Studio Arts, with a concentration in Ceramics from LSU, Michele has been hand building pieces pulling ideas from memories, influences and her fascination for flowers. Her creations are celebrations of relationships, flowers being the symbols she likes to use.