Lucile Demory's ceramics first caught my eye a few months ago: the soft pastel colours, the natural shapes, the minimal almost Japanese inspired designs that feel organic, romantic and nostalgic at the same time. Lucile cleverly plays with patterns and shapes in an truly harmonious and modern way.
Lucile is a lady of excellent taste, that is reflected both in her work and also in her lifestyle options.
Quite probably my favourite Parisienne, she was truly sweet to find some time in her schedule to answer a few questions about her work, Paris and her style options.
How did your upbringing affect your sense of aesthetics?
I grew up in the north of France, in a small village. There isn’t much around there apart from beetroot fields and factories. My favourite game as a child was to build dams with stones in the gutters. I was never a creative child, hated to draw, had and still have terrible hand writing, would only wear pink… At home we had orange plastic chairs, synthetic flowers and pebble dash walls.. Really my upbringing didn’t affect my sense of aesthetics.
It’s only when I started living with my sister that I started showing an interest: she’s an artistic director and such an inspiring person. Plus being in Paris, discovering new brands, going second hand stores, spending time on the net, starting a blog… that all slowly shaped my sense of aesthetics.
What is the best about living in Paris?
The great thing about Paris is that it’s small. You get from one place to another in no time. Also all the buildings are all either white or light grey, with touches of green, it makes the city really light and beautiful.
And the worst?
Dog poo on the streets. Especially in posh areas, where ladies won't to pick up after their dogs, it becomes a mine field in some places.
And tourist traps restaurants. They put up a cute little table cloth, some lovely curtains but serve tin food. There are way too many of those.
Tell us a little about the places you've travelled to and how they influenced you.
I’ve been to Bulgaria a few times, I really liked the countryside there. There are flowers growing in pavement cracks, lots of concrete, dried plants, the colors are soft, it’s beautiful without anyone having to touch it or do anything about it. That’s my ideal of aesthetics.
What made you turn to ceramics ?
I started ceramics when I was 14, at school in England. I used to do such horrible things back then, I’d only use pink or purple glazes, I’d make really heavy coil tea pots you couldn’t even lift up…
Then I started taking classes when I came back to Paris, and met Cécile Daladier 2 years ago. She introduced me to raku and we started sharing her atelier on the week ends.
Now I’ve set up a studio at my mum’s in the north of France. It’s 50 minutes away from Paris by train so I can go regularly. It’s tiny, at the back of her laundry room, but it’s finally my own place and that’s really exciting.
What narratives do you like to tell with your work?
There is absolutely no narrative. I just make vases to put flowers in. My vases are raw, usually unglazed on the outside. I like the idea that the clay can get a tiny bit moldy, change color, so that it looks like it’s always been there.
The raw aspect also allows to play with it and make arrangements with different material: a plastic vase, a glass cup or a raku planter.
I pay a lot of attention to my « art de vivre ». That can come out by wearing nice cut cotton clothes I feel comfortable in, drinking tea in a beautiful cup, having soft lighting at home, drying dishes with linen tea towels… It’s not about owning expensive goods or spending a lot on a dress, but making right choices, not being cluttered with things, quality rather than quantity.
All photographs used with permission.