Léon Serre

Léon was born in Montpellier in 1939. He studied Fine Arts in Perpignan, Toulouse and Paris and also followed a career as an architect-decorator. He worked as decorator in the Printemps department store in Paris and was the president of the Art and Communication School in Pau for 10 years. He has won several first prizes and has had many exhibitions mainly in France and especially in Paris. He opened his own pottery workshop in 1981 in Pau.
For the last 10 years he has been interested in everything concerning primitive fireing. He fires his works in a pitfire of 1 metre by 2 metres and between 50 and 80 cm deep. This technique gives his ceramics a variety of textures and colours partly obtained by the carbonate salts.     
  To feed the wooden teepee, Léon mainly uses sawdust but he also uses leaves, amongst which he places the works. The firing can last between 8 and 10 hours and reaches between 1050º and 1100º.

His ceramics have an ethnic look but the mixture of iridescent colors, resembling soap bubbles of our childhood, gives a refined touch to the apparently dark pieces. He likes the contrast between the rough and crude texture of the object and the multicouloured and luminous waves that decorate it.

Prices from 150 € to 1000 €.