Steam Ploc! | Laurent Niclot France

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Steam Ploc! | Laurent Niclot France
Ash, Indian ink, gilding wax, wire, string, boxwood | 5 x 2.3 x 3.7 in/13 x 6 x 9 cm

About the Artist:
"Experimentation and constant research are the bases of my work. When I am in front of my piece of wood, with my idea as a point of departure, I try to transpose an emotion on the wood. Each piece is born of a history, a research as well as multiple experiments of textures, colors and forms. I try to convey through my works a poetry, an emotion, a smile. I like working with local woods and trying to give new life to pieces of wood that are thrown away because of cracks, knots or defects.
I have always loved wood, so it was only natural for me to study woodworking, woodcarving, cabinet making, furniture making, and design. I discovered woodturning from Jean-François Escoulen, and I knew it was how I wanted to make a living. So, in 2015, at age 20, I took the six-month woodturning class at the Escoulen School in Aiguines, France, with Jean-François and Yann Marot. Then, the school hired me as an assistant and translator, gave me a studio and a lathe to practice my passion, and the possibility to meet many other artists and woodturners who now inspire my work.

My work is experimental: I like to play with wood and try new textures and colors, new tools, and new techniques. I also enjoy giving a new life to a piece of wood. My job as an assistant gives me the opportunity to find a job. I carve with rotary tools and gouges to create new shapes and textures. My love is to make pieces that are sculptural, decorative, and designed with a strong message or a story to tell."

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