Margeaux Claude received a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Arts Institute. She participated in a directed study abroad program at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, in both 2009 and 2010. From 2010 – 11, she was an intern to artist Andy Brayman at The Matter Factory in Kansas City, MO. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally in juried and group exhibitions. Claude describes her work: “Through a series of aesthetic choices, I am looking to engage with ideas by creating highly-crafted objects, influenced by industrial design, with ergonomic and efficient shapes that capture subtlety in surface and extremism in form.”
Margeaux Claude recently received the prestigious Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant from The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis and has used her project time to explore scaling down industrial design practices for plaster turning to a studio level. The Jerome award allowed her to purchase industry standard equipment from Europe, seek out mentorship, and develop a body of work using plaster molds and slip casting. She currently has a series of work being exhibited at Northern Clays Emily Galusha Gallery.
After focusing on thrown pottery for her first two years at the Kansas City Art Institute, Margeaux’s ehibition at Northern Clay Center is focused on functional slip cast forms using a plaster wheel to create her prototyped froms. Wet plaster is cast to the head of the plaster wheel and then lathed during different periods of time as the plaster is setting. In some cases both prototypes and molds were made using this process. When making something like a simple cup form, Margeaux is able to lathe the mold over the cup so the sides of the mold are uniform in width from all respective dimensions of the original form. More complex forms are altered or made from multiple piece prototype components that are then joined before making more complex molds off the wheel. Working with the plaster wheel resulted from studying this forming process for two summers at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary with George Timock. While in Kansas City, Margeaux was also very fortunate to intern for Andy Brayman, who has influenced the way I approach play, process, and experiment with her work.
One of the inspirations for her work was mid-20th-century architecture, dinnerware, and picnic sets. She uses bright celadon and cool and clear glazes chosen to reference the surfaces of Tupperware and Mel-Mac dinnerware.