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L’Arbre féerique - The Fairy Tree

The tree with porcelain petals

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Barbara Billoud
48 rue Marceau
F-95430  Auvers sur Oise
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Austrian born Barbara Billoud has always held a special relationship with earth. A hunch for Raku technique in Italy, love at first sight for ceramics, from the first oven she built herself, to the ceramic workshops. Back in France in 2009, she enriches her training in a professional ceramic school before turning professional. She completes her apprenticeship with numerous master classes, among others with Camille Virot on Raku technique, and Nathalie Domingo and Luca Tripaldi on porcelain.


For Barbara Billoud the ancestral Japanese Raku technique, is foremost  an experimental method giving freedom to  fix the lines, the forms, and images sculptured in fire. She hammers, scratches, smoothes, designs in the clay as in her glazes to reveal the strength and intensity of her ceramic work. Strong unique creations are the result.


In 2011 she is looking for a new material at the opposite of the Raku. She finds her new challenge in porcelain, which fascinates her and starts to work on it. Her new challenge is to work the porcelain as thin as possible to have a maximum effect of translucency.  Her project is to combine  the Raku & Porcelain. With her friend Genevieve Mathieu, vegetal sculptor,  she builds up the project “l’Arbre féérique - The fairy tree” creating a world of poetry.  Their unique creations unite exceptional trunks with the softness and elegance of porcelain leaves and the powerful Raku ceramics.


2012  Prize “young creator“ at the Caroussel the Louvre, Paris
2013  Exposition of the sculpture “the tree of live” in the Grand Palais, Paris
2014  Prize “creator” Castle of Beauregard, Saint Jean de Beauregard

2012  Prize “young creator“ at the Caroussel the Louvre, Paris
2013  Exposition of the sculpture “the tree of live” in the Grand Palais, Paris
member of the “Ateliers d'Art de France”