A 2017 Espace VERRE graduate, he is starting his 1st year as a member of the Fusion workshop.
You came from your homeland France to explore glass in the Belle Province. What places and things have you discovered – in Montreal or elsewhere in Quebec – that have impressed you?
In the past three years, I have obviously travelled outside of Montreal. I visited Val-David, Mont-Tremblant, Rivière-du-Loup and Quebec City, as well as hitchhiked on the 132 around the Baie des Chaleurs. I saw some very beautiful landscapes along the way. Admittedly, the things that really touched me were the kindness and simplicity of the people that I met, be it in Montreal, other cities, or on the road. You know, it’s not always easy to lift your thumb up on the side of the road, but when you hitch a ride, you make some really awesome contacts. Also, the sunsets that I came across while in Rivière-du-Loup literally took my breath away. Oh, and I must mention that trying maple syrup taffy was quite a pleasant surprise!
What do you like to do when you’re not working with glass?
I‘d love to do many activities: photography, film, crafting, art, but don’t seem to have any free time! I mostly resort to sketching and doing graphic and intellectual researches. I just love learning. Since I was six years old, I’ve practiced muay thai – Thai kickboxing. I have given it a lot of my time and energy, but I love it. On top of everything else, I just love sharing laughs in good company!
Have you any new sources of inspiration or apparent leads for your upcoming work shifts as a member of Fusion?
Actually, I can’t wait to get back in the studio, because I have so many ideas that are ”fusing” in my mind (apologies for the cheesy pun)! I really like the textures found in nature and for a long time, I have been captivated by lava eruptions and their resulting ropy lava formations. There I’ve found the inspiration to create new and unique pieces and production work. I also have ideas for pieces that are in the same style of what I have done up to now, but that are technically and aesthetically more advanced. I want to give glass a new life and it’s going to be hot!