Guy Bareff’s sculpting clay in its natural state
Famous for his architectural lamps made of natural coloured terracotta and grog (clay that is ground and added to other clay to reduce shrinkage in the kiln and give more strength and resistance to the piece).
He grew up in an environment of ceramists, his father being a founding member of the Potiers d’Accolay. He began to create his first works at a very early age.
Particularly inspired by architecture, he became increasingly interested in clay for its role in shaping sculpture. He abandoned glazes to work solely from clay. The warmth of the colour and the tactility of the raw texture in pure form.
From this point on, the central dialogue of his work became the dynamic interplay of light and form in space.