Valentine Schlegel was born in 1925 in Sète. After an artistic training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier, she moved to Paris in 1945 to become a ceramist. She practices modeling techniques in accordance with the traditions of ancient Mediterranean ceramics to produce utilitarian pieces (mug, bowl, etc.). In 1950, she began turning the earth. In 1957, she worked with her sister André Vilar. As for its ceramic vases, they are Birds, Trees, Cutting Trees, with tubercle shapes that refer to the image of plant biomorphism, in a language close to that of Henry Moore and Hans Arp.

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