A tightly-packed crowed of visitors thronged to 15, rue Martel in Paris’s 10th arrondissement this weekend. The reason? A sale held at the studio of the ceramicist, Kalou Dubus. This former textile designer discovered this ancestral art in a studio in the city of Paris and decided to make it his life’s work. It was a revelation. Following initial training in Greece, under the artist, Sabrina Binda, and her earthenware, sandstone and porcelain pottery, this young woman continued her journey. She visited a cousin of hers, a potter, to get a sense of her art and honed her skills at classes in Mire, a workshop created by Japan’s Kayoko Hayasaki. After that, she set out on her own. With a passion for the creative process, which forces artists to learn humility and patience, she designs, fires, shapes and enamels her work before letting it rest and starting over. Again and again. From one test to another, Kalou Dubus lets the clay speak for itself, changing the proportions of a failed attempt, accentuating a particular aspect or line of her design. Her creations include flower pots, tea sets and, most recently, lamps that she has enjoyed encrusting with semi-precious stones. Fashioning everyday items with the care of a goldsmith, Kalou Dubus sets a particular tone with her game-changing range of accessories that are like nothing else in existence. So much so, her works have already won over Isabel Marant, who has placed an order for all her store openings.
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay – Translation: TextMaster @thesocialitefamily