An Exhibition by Dean Brown for DDays at the Se?vres Gallery in Paris June 2 to July 31, 2015
Dean Brown, a young Scottish designer collaborates for the first time with Sevres – Cite de la Ceramique, a historic Porcelain producer, based in Paris. Using the colour palettes that have made the company successful since the eighteenth century, the project is a vivid celebration of white porcelain and vibrant pigments. A Matter of Colour, an exhibition inspired by the opposite ends of the porcelain making process – the finished porcelain object and the raw materials that are the essence of its colouring. The collaboration between Designer and Manufacturer opened during DDays, a festival of Design across the city of Paris, and was conceived for the occasion to address the 2015 festival theme of “Experience”.
A collection of 14 Vase’s consisting of porcelain, 24 colour pigments, free blown glass and powder coated aluminium. Starting by selecting classical forms from the extensive Sevres archive, each of the 14 unglazed Vases are adorned with colour. As a celebration of “work in progress” the colour pigments, considered as the final step in the finishing of porcelain, are held in and around the uncoated vase, collected in glass containers that form handles, lids and decorative features. The viewer is encouraged to imagine the white form transformed by the colour, invited to make their own interpretation of the potential between the object and the unapplied colour.
Photography: Gerard Jonca