The goal of this workshop is for each participant to design an individual glass or ceramic piece, which – together with expert craftsmen – will be fabricated in Boisbuchet’s unique wood-fired kiln. At the end of this process, all pieces shall connect in order to form a bigger object, installation and/or sculpture. The operation of the kiln will be an integral part of the participant’s ten-day experience.
Canadian Philippe Malouin holds a bachelor’s degree in Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven. He has also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and University of Montreal. He lives and works in London. He set up his studio in 2009 after working for English designer Tom Dixon. He is also the director of POST-OFFICE, the architectural and interiors design practice. His diverse portfolio includes tables, rugs, chairs, lights, art objects and installations. Recently Philippe won the W Hotels ‘Designer of the Future’ Award and the Wallpaper ‘Best Use of Material’ Award. Philippe Lives and works in London, where he operates his design studio and teaches platform 18 alongside Sarah van Gameren at the Royal College of Arts.
Fred Herbst (USA) is currently a Professor of Art, teaching Ceramics, 3-Dimensional Design, and Art History, at Corning Community College in Corning, New York, USA. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Since 2000, Fred’s wood-fired stoneware and porcelain objects have been shown in more than 60 exhibitions across the USA and has had his work published in a number of books and magazines. He has built two wood-fired kilns for the Ceramics program at Corning Community College. The first was an “anagama” type kiln based on ancient Japanese wood-fired kilns. The second kiln was developed in collaboration with Steve Gibbs and Lewis Olson from the Corning Museum of Glass and is used to fire ceramics and melt and blow glass simultaneously.