Internationally renowned ceramic artist Pascal Girardin is best known for architectural installations made up of hundreds or even thousands of individually crafted pieces that come together in larger-than-life compositions. Her work can be found around the world in luxury retail, restaurant and hospitality spaces, for clients such as the Four Seasons, Peninsula, Nobu and Harry Winston.
For this year’s HD Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (May 2-4), the artist unveils a new original installation that will take the form of a lush alcove. Bloom will be assembled exclusively for the event using suspended glazed, unglazed and gold-lustre ceramic botanicals set against a verdant backdrop. Within the booth, visitors can also explore Girardin’s smaller-scale personal artworks. Each of her one-of-a-kind vases and clay benches is wheel-thrown and hand embellished in nuanced brushstrokes whose colouration evokes stone, water and sand’s rich tonalities.
"Bloom" serves as a counterpoint to another new work from Girardin's studio. "Desert Breeze" is on permanent display on the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, on the first floor of the Mandalay Tower:
Here, Girardin has created the illusion of wildflowers set adrift on a gentle wind, evoking the austere vegetation of the Mojave Desert. Each of the nearly 500 florals, petals and leaves, which flow gracefully across the three walls of the hotel’s grand staircase, was created by hand in delicate white bone china so that no two pieces are alike. Desert Breeze is destined to become a focal point for the hotel and a timeless photographic backdrop from which to capture guests’ milestones and celebrations.
You can find Pascale Girardin and her work at HD Expo’s 4879. The format allows visitors to meet the artist in person and discuss her pieces in detail.
Photos courtesy Pascale Girardin