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In a charming and quiet little village located in the French country side, a Parisian lady left the Capital of Fashion and has settled her own workshop where she is making with passion stunning pottery objects in a contemporary style with a strong Japanese influence and a touch of French spirit of the 50’s...Meet Nadine Dagan Masson.
Red Halo: Tell us a little about yourself (where are you from, where did you grow up) and about your background?
Nadine Dagan Masson: I am French of Polish and Moroccan descents and I grew up in Paris. I had several jobs where I could meet many people which I enjoyed a lot as each meeting was like a gift. I studied Art at La Sorbonne university in Paris. Later with my husband, we decided to leave Paris and shift to the country side where I decided to learn and eventually to become a professional potter.
Red Halo: Why did you decide to become a potter was it something you always wanted to do or did it come by chance?
Nadine Dagan Masson: When I was a teenager I loved to have clay everywhere on the hands, arms or my clothes, I was only shaping it and I remember mixing glazed to get some unexpected finishing.Then one day I found in my Parisian neighbourhood a new ceramic studio where I began to learn how to throw pots and I became completely addicted.
Red Halo: How did you learn your craft ?
Nadine Dagan Masson: When we decided to move in our little village I began to study professionally to throw and to learn how to search for glaze recipes.
Red Halo: Where and how do you work ?
Nadine Dagan Masson: I use the old barn of my house made into a ceramic studio where I work every day sometimes half day or all day long. I lead workshops and I teach pottery lessons as well. It is a huge studio of fifty square meters with high ceilings and a beautiful view over the mountains and the garden. There is a guest house to welcome my visitors and students near the studio.
Red Halo: What techniques and styles inspire you ? What are your biggest influences?
Nadine Dagan Masson: I’m mostly inspired by the Japanese style. In 2015 I went to Japan specifically in the south of the country where there are annual pottery markets and many ceramic studios. It was like a dream as since my twenties I wanted to visit this part of the world. I wish to be able to go back and visit more places there. I'm also inspired by french potters from the fifties and by contemporary pottery. I like simple shapes.
Red Halo: Tell us about your collections, what kind of items do you make, do you work according a central theme/topic or do you prefer to explore different ones each season?
Nadine Dagan Masson: I mostly make pottery, like tableware and some decorative items as well such as vases, candlesticks, hanging pots, etc … I like to change the glazes each season and I always search for new shapes.
Red Halo: What are your favourite ranges of colours ?
Nadine Dagan Masson: My favourite ranges of colours are green, blue and white.
Red Halo:What is your creative process, do you draw your items or you improvise while making them ?
Nadine Dagan Masson: Usually I have the shape I want in mind although I search by drawing my items as well.
Red Halo: Is there an artwork here you are most proud of? Why?
Nadine Dagan Masson: In fact, I prefer to throw large items more than small ones. I enjoy this primitive way which allows me to feel the clay better.
Red Halo: What do you like about your work?
Nadine Dagan Masson: I work alone, in a peaceful and zen ambiance. During summer I keep the door to the garden opened and hear the birds singing. It is like taï chi to me. I love to create new items and to improvise. I also like to meet people and make them happy while providing pottery lessons.
Red Halo: What kind of music do you listen while working?
Nadine Dagan Masson: Before I used to listen some jazz, flamenco and singers but since I practice yoga, I prefer a quiet atmosphere without any music.
Red Halo: You live in a peaceful village located in a beautiful part of France, when you are not working what do you enjoy to do ?
Nadine Dagan Masson: When I'm not working I enjoy to walk around, do nothing near the pellet stove with my two cats buy my side. I also like to invite some friends for dinner or to pay them a visit, go to some good restaurants and walk in my village or other beautiful villages nearby from where I can enjoy the view.
Red Halo: Is there anything else you would like to mention?
Nadine Dagan Masson: My potteries are made with love, a special ingredient.
Find Nadine Dagan Masson on the net:
• The shop online: http://etsy.me/2mv8vEk
• Nadine’s website: www.atelierceramiquendm.com
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadinedmceramics/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ndmceramics