My name is Mollie Brotherton and I am the creator of Terrain Vallonne. I live in South West France with my family and a collection of animals on a small-holding with beautiful views of the Pyrenees.
Terrain Vallonne is French and roughly translated means the undulating land. What I love about this region where I live is the changes in season, the shifting variations in the colour of the land, the rolling hills and ancient woodland as well as the hedgerows full of wild plants and flowers.
The medium of clay provides the perfect material in which to express my thoughts and ideas about the wonder of the wildness around us.
Every piece is hand built using a variety of techniques but slab building is core. I impress rolled clay with plants, found objects and blocks that I have carved by hand, cut and then assembled. Colours are applied in many layers using engobes, liquid wax as resist and oxides to enhance textures and plant forms. All my work is made from grogged stoneware and fired to 1260°c.
In the summer of 2015 I started to explore my ideas through the technique of block printing on fabric. I use natural unbleached linen and hand mix ecologically safe inks. My fabric is available by the metre but I also design a range of cushions, bags and aprons; that will be launched later in the year.
I have been working with clay since I graduated in 1997 and I have exhibited widely throughout Europe. My work is held in many collections worldwide and is available to buy both on-line and in many galleries and boutiques, please see the list of stockists or you can use the contact page to talk to me directly.
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