A house for Hansel and Gretel, 2022

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Jeanne Francois
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A house for Hansel and Gretel

Part of the houses series

This is one of the first houses I build back in may last year, before leaving my studio in the RCA for the summer. I started to explore layering different clays, with different levels of melting, to express the informations and emotions we stack up in our successive homes. The home we grow in, the homes we borrow, leave, stay in.
This is entirely made from wild clays coming from different ares of London and mixed with oxides, sands, and various fluxes or strong bodies depending on the nature of the ground clay.

Jeanne Francois


Art - Ceramics

Graduation Year



United Kingdom


Jeanne François met ceramics early on, having both parents interested in geology, sculpture and raku firings. After studying litterature in college, she obtained a BA degree in object design and ceramics in Paris. She then started a 2-year MA in Ceramics&Glass at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2021.

In a site-based approach, she works with wild found materials, from minerals, sands, clays etc., than she uses to feed her conceptual and sculptural work.
She plays with the ideas of origin, home, identity, and grounding through our link to the landscape, and our soils.

In 2020, she collaborated with the chilean collective Barro Pequeno to create a collection of local-clay vases destined to the children of Santiago.
Since 2021, she’s been working with industrial groups and designers collectives, to reuse excavated soils in her ceramics, from Paris to London.
This year, she spent the summer in the art residency Sachaqa centro de Arte, in the peruvian amazon. Immersed in the Kechwa culture, she kept on digging through landscapes while beginning a journey of experimentation with fire.


Measurements (Width X Height X Depth)

30 X 20 X 20 cm

11.81 X 7.87 X 7.87 Inch


3 kg

6.61 Lbs


Wild clays

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