70,000 Tiny Amphorae Envelop the Voluminous Forms of Grégoire Scalabre’s Elaborate Sculptures




April 16, 2022

Kate Mothes

“The Last Metamorphosis of Thetis,” (2021-2022). Impression © Charles De Borggraef. All photographs shared with permission

Collecting thousands of miniature porcelain vessels more than significant surfaces and curvatures, Grégoire Scalabre confronts preconceptions of variety, scale, and material in his intricate sculptures. The Paris-centered artist hand-turns many little, vase-like containers reminiscent of amphorae, or ancient storage jars that were commonly prolonged and narrow so that they could be snugly saved together. Drawing on a centuries-aged tradition of French porcelain creating and an interest in Greek mythology, his dynamic works merge extraordinary technical skill with a drive to recast the medium in a new gentle and experiment with its physical boundaries.

Somewhere around 1 to 1.5 inches in height and half an inch vast, just about every one of Scalabre’s minuscule factors differs slightly from the future. Some have for a longer time flutes than other folks, squatter bases, flattened tops, or a curl to the lip of the opening. When accrued, the parts show up to undulate across the surface in fluid designs. The inherent delicacy of fine porcelain is challenged by the monumental scale at which these functions take shape.


“The Closing Metamorphosis of Thetis,” (2021-2022). Impression © Charles De Borggraef

Standing more than six toes tall and months in the producing, the artist’s most new work, “The Ultimate Metamorphosis of Thetis,” recollects a tale from Greek mythology about a sea nymph by the exact name. He translated a sketch of the composition into a 3D product, then designed 70,000 particular person ceramic parts by hand. One by a single, each individual vessel was dipped in glaze, fired at a significant temperature, and at the time cooled, adhered to a structure built of resin foam.

Two of Scalabre’s sculptures, which include “The Remaining Metamorphosis of Thetis,” are on look at through Might 1 as aspect of Porcelain Virtuosity at Homo Faber 2022 in Venice. You can find additional of his operate on Instagram. (by using IGNANT)


“Cygnus”, (2021). Image © Anthony Girardi

“Soane,” (2020). Impression © Anthony Girardi

“Soane,” (2020). Impression © Anthony Girardi

“Achilles,” (2021). Image courtesy of Todd Merill Gallery

“Achilles,” (2021). Picture courtesy of Todd Merill Gallery

Image © Charles De Borggraef

Graphic © Charles De Borggraef

Image © Virginie Mercier



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