Specializing in contemporary decorative arts, Pierre Marie Giraud showcases international artists, craftsmen, and designers, with a focus on ceramics, glass, and Japanese crafts. Since 2005 the gallery has run a finetuned program supporting emerging and established artists, and collaborates with designers to produce unique objects and limited editions. Giraud’s selection exemplifies the implementation of refined materials, techniques, and knowhow in exclusive artworks. Throughout the year, Pierre Marie Giraud hosts a program of solo and thematic exhibitions in his Brussels space, participates in international fairs, produces monographic publications, and frequently collaborates with museums and institutions for his expertise in ceramics.
Design Miami/ Basel 2021 Exhibition/
The artwork shown in the picture is a creation of the renowned Japanese ceramicist Kazunori Hamana. Hamana's artworks all have the presence of once-inhabited shells from which all things organic have been scraped out, or of objects whose surfaces have been washed smooth by the sea. Sometimes bearing engravings and scratches, the works echo the seaside environment from which the artist draws his inspiration. A self-taught ceramicist, Hamana settled in Isumi, Chiba prefecture (Japan), where he shares his time between working as a fisherman and a craftsperson. Over a time consuming process, Hamana's irregular pots are built from coils and get their unique skin from scratches and scored glazes. The works reconnect with the simplicity and humbleness of a vernacular tradition of ceramics, one that has been present in Japan for centuries. Hamana's creations always stay true to these ancient Japanese customs, but at the same time they never cease to amaze the viewer with their modern approach.