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Karen Swami: an artist in blue clay

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Karen Swami: an artist in blue clay

Jean-Marc Palisse

Film producer, Karen Swami runs the shoots and - at the same time - practices the pottery in the round ... A little antinomic, right? Not at all: a double life - yin and yang - which allows him to combine cinematographic creativity as a team with artistic expression alone. Focus on a Parisian Aegean blue.

Karen Swami has more than one trick in her bag. In fact she has two! First, the production of films in tandem with Patrick Godeau, and Karen Monluc for his company "Waiting for cinema". Then, it's the clay pot shooting, alone, and it's Karen Swami for Swami.

A big gap she manages with talent, a way to balance her life without denying her deep aspirations. "In the world of feature film, it's team work that is paramount," says Karen, "in the sphere of the arts and crafts sector, it's the one with oneself ... The calm beaches are vital to take advantage of. recoil and relax. " Would Karen have turned her back on the caste of the image, often synonymous with appearances, to aim at asceticism, the symbol of being?

It would be bad to know this pretty spicy brunette with overflowing energy and laughter ubiquitous. "My two activities - very involved - complement each other, enrich each other, neither is harmed," says Karen, and we believe it, and we see it!

Thus, she navigates with ease a film by Claude Miller - See how they dance - to that of a young filmmaker, Romain Protat, to return to the filming of his beloved jars and other cuts in nearby smoky lands. raku. "In my attraction to the cinema, it is the relevance of the scenario that prevails.The other condition that motivates me is the imperative need for a screenwriter to express his feelings in images. victory for me, to help this childbirth ".

And when Karen turns an urn or an egg, from the earth and shaped by his hands, it is still a birth that is ... Give life to an idea, get in shape, similar steps " You have to see this whirlwind milling the material - an English porcelain, the Blackmann - on the wreath.

The vases in raw earth drying, waiting for cooking and an imposing blue jug bellied.

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"When I" potte ", and except in case of special order, I do not comply with any diktat.All my pots, even if they are of the same parentage, are unique. Whimsical, Karen? Without a doubt, but served by a technical mastery without fault and an unusual requirement.

So, we will not be surprised at the constant orders of a renowned decorator or large American houses located on the street. And if we admire its cracked bowls, celadon bowls or vases with dark reliefs, it is undoubtedly his work in immaculate biscuit and cobalt blue pieces that dazzle us.

Shapes ? From a universal heritage: from China, from Japan or from the ancient world, they are profoundly contemporary ... Reread today, they have the grace and timelessness of the perfect epure. They speak to the collective unconscious.

Colors ? The white milky white and the Aegean blue compete with elegance with their hypermate finish with velvety appearance. A beautiful sensuality to enjoy the eyes or to afford. And already our artist goes on tour: cinematographic or ceramic? Filming and filming are Karen's two chapels!

Karen Swami. 6, rue Victor Schoelcher, 75 014. swami.fr

The place where the pots are born and live ...

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On the worktop, various forms in crescendo and quotations on enamelled ceramic plate. Right page, the place where the pots are born and live ...

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Using a cod-tail brush, the cross passage of cobalt blue slip, in several layers on the outer surface of raw earth.

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Near the Cartier Foundation, the estate of Karen Swami. A workshop-shop open to the walker, on the same level with the life of this XIVth property in Paris.

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Karen Swami at the turning of a cup on the skull at the stage of shaping the "ass" with the help of the cutting mirror.

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