Linda Ouhbi uses a process of hand-building and coiling to transform the clay into alluring organic forms that are meticulous and suggestive of their construction.
A well-proportioned vessel that seamlessly blends techniques of the past with contemporary design. Ouhbi convinces us of movement and life in the vessels' static surface. Her variegated glazes flow from a lustrous dark pewter to a rich, earthy Verdigris, flawlessly reflecting the subtlety of the vessel's asymmetry.
The hand-built vessels created by Ouhbi are not only visually striking but also exude a remarkable tactile quality. These vessels invite handling and are a masterful display of craftsmanship.
About the Artist
Born in Casablanca and currently living in France, Linda became acquainted with pottery in an atelier in Marrakech during a stay in her native country. Determined to continue this path, she spent two years as an apprentice in a potter village in Burgundy France before attending the school of applied arts of Paris (Art Appliqué de Paris – Duperré). She is now living and working in Paris.
Linda Ouhbi creates pieces in stoneware using hand building and coil technique. This ancestral process necessitates a slow construction and permits the development of a relationship with each piece. Throughout the quest for a fragile balance during the construction of each piece, there begins a dialogue that influences the shapes that emerge. Each piece therefore holds the traces of a unique emotional quality, an intimate premise that comes from within.
Moved by the rare subtlety of prehistoric works and inspired by the ancient culture, Linda Oubhi creates pieces that question the ideas of function and utility, but above all, the notion of time and progress. The earthy, used aspect of these ceramics results from glaze research undertaken in the ceramicist’s workshop using raw natural materials of minerals, metal oxides and rocks, enamel recipes developed in her workshop which give a patina finish.