Françoise Dufayard is born in Lyon, France in 1960. Her education is at A.P.E.P. (Ceramic Department) of Fontblanche, Vitrolles (Bouches du Rhône- France) between 1979 and 1980, continued with CAP Tourneur en poterie in 1981. She travelled for a full year (1981- 1982) to study Asian ceramics in Nepal, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Japan, Korea and China. She has worked for two ceramicists: Gustave Tiffoche (1983-1986) and Suzy Atkins (1987). She has been setting up her own ceramics studio in Rennes (Brittany, France) in 1988.
All the works are slip decorated with slips from her own recipes. The clay for throwing is P.F.E. (red earthenware from Spain/ COLLET – SIO2). The clay for slab making is groged P.F.E. The glaze P.R.O. is from SOLARGIL- France (25 Kg +3% bentonite). The biscuit firing is at 1044°C (cone Orton 05) 8.30 to 9 hours. The glaze firing is at 1122°C (cone Orton 02) 8.30 to 9 hours in a big top hat gaz kiln
Pictures: portrait (source hayclay.co.uk); big dish slab making (source website artist); landscape dish 'The still point of the turning world', 2009 (source website artist); Pandora's Box (source website artist); teapot 2009 (source website artist).
Visit the website of the artist: dufayard.ceramics.over-blog.com
Françoise Dufayard has developed a personal interpretation of “terre vernissée” or slipware, which creates translucence in her artworks. This can be attributed in part to her exploration of Eastern ceramic traditions on her visits to Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Japan Korea, Uzbekistan and China, and also to the results of her own research about glaze and engobe interaction. This has enabled her to perfect a black and ochre slip to decorate her wheel thrown and slab built dishes, vases and vessels. At the confluence of Eastern ceramic traditions and contemporary art Francoise Dufayard creates ceramics with black, anthracite, grey, brown, saffron, beige and ochre harmonies. She has developed patterns that she uses as her alphabet to decorate her artworks with spontaneity and “savoir- faire” (text from hayclay.co.uk).