Meet Valérie!
With her contagious smile, Valérie will be present in the gallery to make you discover the exhibition RAKU PUNK:
Wednesday, March 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Thursday, March 15, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Friday, March 16th, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 17, from noon to 1 pm

Discover the artists Jean-François Bourlard and Valérie Blaize in this video made in Quebec City in March 2018 for their residency at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec and their RAKU PUNK exhibition in Materia.


Québec City, February 26, 2018 – From March 2 to March 25, 2018, let us welcome RAKU PUNK! French artists Jean-François Bourlard and Valérie Blaize are disclosing their experimental cooking technique in Québec during a creation residency at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec and in an exhibition at Materia. The opening with the artists in attendance will be on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 5 pm.

RAKU PUNK is an opportunity for the artists to confront their respective universes and work on opposing and complementary concepts. Created in the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec’s studios, the works are exhibited at Materia as the artists progress in the production.

Materia is proud to pursue its mission by showing the work of two French artists who dare to break the established rules and develop new artistic techniques, perhaps even anti-techniques.

About Jean-François Bourlard
After training in traditional turning, Jean-François Bourlard has worked as a turner in various studios. In 2000, he set up his studio in Sadirac, near Bordeaux. There he developed a very experimental work, geared towards a research of materials through a variety of very personal techniques, including the “Raku Punk”. In 2012, he was awarded the Prix “L’œuvre” of the Fondation Ateliers d’Art de France, which allowed him to promote his work on a national and international level.

About Valérie Blaize
Following her Bachelor of Arts studies at the UMass Amherst University (USA) in 2001, Valérie Blaize started teaching French as a foreign language in Georgia. Back in France in 2003, she turned to ceramic. After two courses at the Maison de la Céramique de Dieulefit, she set up her studio in 2009. Her practice is pluridisciplinary; it embraces ceramic, painting, sculpture, and photography. She explores themes such as the body, language, and their relation to the visitors. She is represented by galleries in Lyon, Bordeaux, Paris, and Tokyo. Her works have also travelled to Berlin and Seoul.

Materia is an artist-run centre whose mission is to disseminate and promote research and creation in the field of contemporary fine crafts, on a national and international level.