Ange built her studio, Forest Pottery, in the middle of the Auroville forest in Samriddhi, 20 years ago. She presently works using a Japanese technique Haiyu Slipware, that she picked up during her apprenticeship in Japan under Sensei Shibata Masaaki.
She uses the ash of the locally growing trees to prepare her glazes which produce unique surfaces and colors, all completely natural. Ange has also recently started working in porcelain, and her main attraction are the 12 ’Dragon Teapots, sculptural pieces featuring elaborate Chinese dragons in combination with the more conservative teapot, and finished with 24k gold plated details.
Ange fires all her work in the wood fired kiln behind her studio. Firing porcelain in a wood fired kiln is a tricky business and re-quires mastery over the firing process that comes from years of practice. Haiyu slipware on porcelain is a unique combination, and Ange uses this to make her most recent teapots, fruit bowls and platters. She is the only ceramist outside Japan to use this elaborate technique, which requires time and patience… «Working with clay can be a solitary experience, especially in a studio context. But I never feel alone, it is as if I was playing with my best friend, who could take any shape I wanted, and more often shows me what he wants to be…!»