Brigitte Bouquet shares a late nineteenth century Victorian terraced house with her partner Dick who has relocated with Saatchi & Saatchi to Sydney a couple of years ago. Since moving to Sydney, BB, a self taught ceramic artist decided to take on a new direction. No longer making the bowls and platters that she used to make back in Holland. The pair frequently take off with their tent and Landcruiser into the Australian outback or the beautiful National Parks which are just an hour away from the city. Fuelled by the awesome landscape BB has managed to translate her new found inspiration into a series of enthralling ceramic ‘rug’ hangings. The pair have found a large roomy house which they rent, attracted by the copious amounts of space. Brigitte has taken over the main double reception rooms on the ground floor, which has been transformed into her studio, where she devotes her working day. Most of the rooms you will find evidence of BB’s work. The series of ‘rugs’ are mounted through out the house awaiting an exhibition later this year. (we think – not finalised yet – will know end of March). Each art work is comprised of hundreds of small ceramic pieces which are hand worked and glazed and then mounted onto a hessian base. They are large, dramatic works which are heavy and fairly difficult to manoeuvre, but once hung have a powerful effect on the senses. BB also makes ceramic beaded jewellery which she sells through galleries and online.
A Dutch ceramic artist in Sydney
Images: Hotze Eisma via Taverne Agency. Words and styling: Julia Bird