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Karen Swami in action: a little glimpse behind the scenes of her workshop.

Chemin de terre

Karen Swami tells her story in her Parisian Studio, located in the 14th district. ©Sylvain Arrivé

Chemin de terre

Karen Swami tells her story in her Parisian Studio, located in the 14th district. ©Sylvain Arrivé

Golden Noise

Collaboration with Martin De Bie, winner of the Agora du design 2021 grant. His work was exhibited at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal until 18 July 2021!

Smoke firing

After being wheel-thrown, the piece is burnished for endless hours with an agate stone, and bisque-fired. Following the first firing, the piece is reheated - up to 800/900°C. The ceramicist then removes the incandescent piece from the kiln and takes it to a bed of sawdust.

The sawdust goes in flame, generating smoke that somewhat permeates the argile. The ceramicist, toying with time, lets her work be exposed to air and oxygen, covering the flames to create a low oxygen atmosphere which invariably modifies the intensity of the smoke firing and impacts the final aspect of the piece.

Smoke firing

After being wheel-thrown, the piece is burnished for endless hours with an agate stone, and bisque-fired. Following the first firing, the piece is reheated - up to 800/900°C. The ceramicist then removes the incandescent piece from the kiln and takes it to a bed of sawdust.

The sawdust goes in flame, generating smoke that somewhat permeates the argile. The ceramicist, toying with time, lets her work be exposed to air and oxygen, covering the flames to create a low oxygen atmosphere which invariably modifies the intensity of the smoke firing and impacts the final aspect of the piece.

Podcast - Travail soigné - Karen Céramiste, season 1, episode 3

''What is important is the road, not the result'' Meet Karen Swami, a ceramic artist with an astonishing background whose studio is located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, a stone's throw from the Giacometti Institute and the Cartier Foundation.

A few years later, pottery, discovered as a child, came back into her life and became an obvious choice: her talent was quickly recognized and orders poured in, her works were acclaimed in France and abroad and seduced galleries and collectors.

Karen combines various influences by integrating chance into her creative process, which contributes to the unique character of her pieces. Her communicative enthusiasm will not fail to seduce you.