Vent de Sel - Luc Foucher
¨Creation, to leave a trace of one's passage on earth has been one of the oldest human dream. But what of the use of clay to do so?
Fascinating personal means of creation such is the making of pottery. From the intimate moment of kneading to evacuate all air to the shaping, through to glazing and firing and the waited moment of uncovering the unespected results of the marriage of matter and fire.
The most gratifying moment is without a doubt the appreciation of others concretized in the purchase.
Ceramics extend and cater to all kind of tastes.
Vent de Sel is at present in Koishiwara a small pottery village extant for about 400 years in the mountains of Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture and produces a unique style of ceramics called salt glazing.
This technique seldom known in this country was introduced in Japan by the famous potter of the folkcraft style Hamada Shoji and takes its origins from Germany around the 12th century. The origin of its creation remains unknown..
I chose this technique because it corresponds to my ideals coming from my study of the Japanese Way of Tea. The philosophy taught in the Way is that each moment in life is unique and exist only once, past cannot be repeted, therefore each piece of life is very important as it will never happen again.
Each instant is a privileged one and ought to be considered such.
Each piece fired in salt is unique just as is a moment of life, the amount of salt that gets on the piece and interact with the clay vitrificating it and giving it a glassy surface is random and cannot be ultimately controlled making each piece unique and never to be repeted exactly the same.
Shapes and colours can be controlled but in the end it is the firing that will give the piece its uniqueness and I leave it up to the wood fired kiln to finish the job. Then it is the wait for the cooling and the anticipation of the opening, the joys (an sometimes sadnesses) of discovering the treasures born in the furnace.