Rousseau, Hervé

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Taverny (Val-d'Oise)
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Hervé Rouseau is born September 17, 1955 in Taverny (Val-d'Oise). From 1972 to 1975, Hervé Rousseau has worked on the restoration of historical monuments. He gained his mastery of ceramics from workshop to workshop, in 1977, in the Pyrenees, in 1978, at Augusto Tozzola, in 1979, at Jacky Coville, in 1979 in Montreal (Canada). In 1980, he moved to Boisbelle, in the town of Henrichemont, building its noborigama wood kiln. Since 1981 there were exhibitions, conferences and international demonstrations in Europe (France, Germany, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain), in Japan, Australia, China and the USA. In 1990, a trip has led to Togo, where he worked with the potters of the country. Since 2000, he shares his studio with Isabelle Pammachius. Hervé is member of the International Academy of ceramics since 2010.

Workshop of Boisbelle HENRICHEMONT Tel. 00 33 (0) 2 48 26 75 64 - Tel.: 00 33 (0) 6 68 99 19 70

Pictures: Hervé Rouseau, portrait in black-white (source:; portrait2 (source:; portrait 3 (source:; earlier work (source 1stdibs, december 2016); work in grès (Source Pinterest).




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"My main tool is the wood oven, built in 1986. I have changed it several times since, as has deepened my knowledge of firing on wood. I chose to work with grès by passion for this traditional art form that provides objects of everyday life with this living aspect. My eye is forged primarily on old items. The prints and the passage of the hand of the potter always particularly touched me. I got the habit to leave my turn on my jars. After the shaping, I have in mind the loading and the work of the fire. This shaping is another signature that makes the piece unique. I am looking for simplicity."