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Girard, Sarah-Maude

Intuition and experimentation are an integral part of my artistic approach. I like to let myself be guided by the process and play with the unexpected. This position allows me to technically explore the material and discover the infinite possibilities that clay has to offer. I'm captivated by the Wabi Sabi philosophy, which encourages letting go, surprise and the discovery of beauty in imperfections.


Red clay, glaze layering and molochite are at the heart of my practice. I use firing in a reducing atmosphere in a gas kiln for the surprises and variations that fire transformation brings. I draw inspiration from Japanese ceramists, wood and salt firing, rocky cliffs and wobbly structures. A search between balance and imbalance, mastery of a manufacturing technique and abandonment fuel my aesthetic.


I need to touch the material to understand and learn from my gestures. Formal and historical research on certain objects pushes me to understand what inhabits me as an artist and inspires me to design products in my own image.


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The Maison des métiers d’art de Québec is a centre for training, creation and research devoted to the development of contemporary practices in fine crafts and visual arts. The centre’s activités focus mostly on ceramics, sculpture, and textile knowledge. The MMAQ targets diverse clienteles of all ages, including the grand public and professional artists. The MMAQ has a partnership with the Cégep Limoilou and offers technical courses of the diploma of collegial studies in fine crafts in Ceramics, Textile Construction and Sculpture. The MMAQ fosters creation and takes part in the advancing of fine crafts knowledge by offering conferences, creation residencies, research committees and others specials projects.



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