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MADO JOLAIN (1921-2019)

Mado Jolain was born in Paris in 1921. During the Occupation, she joined the School of Decorative Arts in Paris and the drawing and sculpture workshops at La Grande Chaumière. There she meets René Legrand who is more oriented towards paint- ing. Sensitized by the craze for ceramics that began before the war, Mado Jolain made her rst attempts as a potter in the oven of a utility ceramics workshop, rue d’Alesia. In 1946, Mado Jolain and René Legrand married and moved to Mon- trouge where René set up his painting studio. The ceramic workshop is not far, in the 14th district. René Legrand turns their rst pieces. In 1948, creations from the Mado Jolain workshop were exhibited for the rst time at the Salon des Ateliers d’Art Décoraire and L’objet 1948, a post-war exhibition held at the Galerie Denise Breteau, rue Bonaparte ,Paris. In 1950, the ceramic workshop Mado Jolain moved to Montrouge. All the production of Atelier Mado Jolain is turned, then worked, developed in different ways , from turned forms. Member of the Chamber of Trade Union Ceramists and Workshops of France, present at all Salons Decorative Art Workshops, Mado Jolain attended other ceramists of his era: Jacques Blin, presi- dent of the Chambre Syndicale, Fernand Lacaf, Roger Capron, Robert Deblander, Pol Chambost, The Argonauts, Norbert and Jeanne Pierlot, Jacqueline Lerat ... She creates mainly ceramic for the home and the table with enamel decorations more and more stylized over the years. In 1955 Denise Majorel organizes an exhibition Mado Jolain in her gallery La Demeure-Rive gauche. Mado Jolain ceramics are dis- tributed in decorative and tableware shops, as well as in the Primavera Printemps shop run by Colette Guéden. His work is the subject of many quotes in magazines such as Arts and Decoration (1952) and Furniture and Decoration (1949-1953-1955-1956). In 1964, Mado Jolain made a trip to Japan where she visited the Hamada workshop, and in England in the footsteps of Bernard Leach. Despite these visits to masters of ceramics after the war, Mado Jolain will remain inspired mainly by the research of great architects like Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Alvar Aalto. In 1963, she exhibited her garden ceramics at the Galerie du Siècle a gallery of Saint-Germain des Prés. With garden ceramics, Mado Jolain is moving towards more monumental creations. In 1963, she made a cloister wall for the greenhouses of Auteuil on a commission from Daniel Collin, landscape architect at the Direction of gardens of the city of Paris. In 1966 his exhibition Folklore gallery in Lyon will be the last of his activity ceramist who stops in 1970.

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