Girel, Jean (FR)
Jean Girel was born in Ugine in Haute Savoie in 1947 and as a 14 year-old boy learnt pottery from a traditional potter in his local area. In 1964/65 he studied fine arts at the École Régionale des Beaux-Arts in Mâcon. 1965-1968 Draughtsman's apprenticeship at the Lycée Claude Bernard in Paris and further training in sculpture. 1968-1972 Teacher of graphic design and the sculptural arts in Bourg-Saint-Andéol, Ardèche. Since the early seventies he discovered ceramics, and became particularly interested in the ceramics from the Chinese Song period, which became the basis for his work beginning in 1975 in his studio near Cluny in Burgundy. It has obviously paid off with his collections being heavily collected by individuals and also he is held in many modern art museum in both France and worldwide.
Visit the website ofthe artrist: www.jeangirel.fr
Pictures: Portrait of Jean Girel (source Alchetron.com); two works (source website artist); signature incised (source proantic.com).