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@Ruth Gurvich
@Ruth Gurvich
@Ruth Gurvich

Ruth Gurvich

  • Ceramicist
  • Arcueil, France
  • Master Artisan
Ruth Gurvich Ceramicist
French, English
By appointment only
+33 686176818
@Ruth Gurvich

When porcelain looks like paper

  • • Ruth approaches porcelain as though it were a still life painting
  • • Her porcelain pieces are created from paper models
  • • The impact of her work on the viewer is what motivates her creative decisions

Ruth Gurvich explores porcelain through the eyes of a painter. Born in Argentina, she first studied architecture before turning to painting and attending the fine arts school in Córdoba and later the National School of Fine Arts in Paris. Her work stems from her early exploration of the codes created by different cultures in their artistic production. From a formal point of view, Ruth's field of investigation is volume and its relationship to space. Out of paper, she reproduces everyday objects such as Chinese and European ceramics. In 2002, after being invited to include her paper creations in a ceramic exhibition in Limoges, she completed two artist residencies which led her to developing her first porcelain collection made from paper models. Ruth's work has since revolved around a precise dialogue with the master artisans of the Nymphenburg manufacture for the creation of her ever more delicate tableware.

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Photo: @Ruth Gurvich
Wolf jumping, Hunting sketches series

This hand-painted porcelain plate features the graceful design of a jumping wolf. The finesse of the porcelain reminds us of the texture of paper. The plate was in fact originally modelled out of paper. The animals in this series are inspired by historical hunting tableware.

Photo: @Ruth Gurvich
Epure teapot

The Epure teapot is a testament to the entire process of creating a porcelain piece from a paper model. The pieces are made by taking measurements of the original paper model constructions and translating these into porcelain. The fine black decorations of the Epure collection reflect this technical process.

Photo: @Ruth Gurvich
Koi vase

This porcelain vase features red Koi fish. They are reminiscent of traditional Japanese paintings. Through the delicacy of porcelain and the way it is finely shaped,there is a hint to the texture of paper. The vase was made out of porcelain, following an initial paper model.

Black crowned night heron and vines

This porcelain vase features a fluid spring atmosphere in orange-red and light blue. The vines move dynamically around the bird. The decorations are reminiscent of historical Chinese ceramic paintings. The finesse of porcelain reminds us of the texture of paper. Paper, which was used as a first step in the making process.

Photo: @Ruth Gurvich
Hare jumping, Hunting sketches series

This hand painted porcelain plate features the fine drawing of a hare. The animals of this series are inspired by historical hunting tableware. The plate was originally modelled out of paper, before being modelled out of porcelain and painted.

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