I am Violaine Ulmer. I am a designer working and living in the south of France.
As a designer, I strive to make things that surprise, that touch and that please beyond the moment.
I love simple things. I don't believe in elaborate details. A hint often is so much more expressive than an accumulation of precision. You have seen a brushstroke of a Japanese calligrapher : Simple and touching. This is what I aim to achieve : Simple and touching.
My predominant material is high-fired porcelain. I procure it in its raw state in the city of Limoges, in the heart of France. I love its whiteness, its fragility and its translucency. I often prefer porcelain in its natural appearance, i.e. unglazed. Glazing is putting vitreous enamel on its surface. Like on a plate or a cup. That's nice, and it serves a purpose for tableware. But for my work, I prefer the velvet-like roughness of natural porcelain. I love the fragility of its white.
With porcelain as my main material, I add others. Oftentimes mild steel because I love its dark-blue color and its cold opposing the white, warm porcelain.
My porcelain work is 100% handcrafted. The pieces take form by my hands, one by one.
My sources of inspiration are haute couture, architecture and design.
I am proposing a small range of home decoration objects, but I am very open to take my part in projects and collaborations.