Violaine Toth

Once upon an Assemblage Dish






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I am a french ceramic artist and teacher based in Berlin for three years. I make handle vases, mostly with black and white tons, rough clays. I also draw and collaborate with tattoo artists. And last but not least: I’m here, I’m Queer.




Location: Berlin
IG: @violainetoth.ceramic
Website:  https://tothviolaine.com



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Food &
Story︎︎︎


A dish to your heart?

︎︎︎ There’s not a particular dish that I prefer but more an assemblage of many small dishes, like a boiled egg with paprika, avocado and spreads on toasts, pan-fried mushrooms, carrots and onions. Always with a side-salad as I’m a proper french cliché.


And the story behind?

︎︎︎ When I used to live in France, my mum would always prepare kind of picnic dinners and we would all pick in the plates around the table in the garden. I come from a forest region and when I was a kid, we would go for picnics there every weekend. When I moved to Germany I started to eat like this, first of all, cause it’s very typical there, also to feel at home a bit.



“When I need to calm down and reflect, I meet my best friend to cook hot chocolate with a whole tablet of dark chocolate melted in oat Milk, with cinnamon and pepper to think about life together on my balcony.”





Healing︎︎︎



Define a therapeutic moment.

︎︎︎ When I need to calm down and reflect, I meet my best friend to cook hot chocolate with a whole tablet of dark chocolate melted in oat Milk, with cinnamon and pepper to think about life together on my balcony.



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Creativity︎︎︎


If you made a cookbook, how would that be? What would you put in it?

︎︎︎ That would be a gathering of Vegetarian easy quick to make dishes to prove everyone that not eating meat and fish is quite simple.

Describe an important phase / influencer (if there is any) in your life?

︎︎︎  I would say when I graduated and met Michael Buckley (@michael_buckley_ceramics) the first potter I collaborated with four years ago. I made a collection of terracotta garden devices for birds and insects with him and that gave me the desire to push it further and to become a ceramicist myself.

The second important phase was when I moved to Berlin to learn ceramic
when I started to live my passion. Back then, I discovered a real scene of artists from many different backgrounds and got involved in the feminist & Queer community.


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Connection & Inspiration︎︎︎


How do you want your audiences to connect with your work?

︎︎︎ My favourite way to connect with my audience is at the studio or exhibitions because I get to know who buys my pieces. It’s also a great way to share some knowledge about ceramics and technical tips. Instagram is a great way to promote my work and communicate with other ceramic lovers but it’s sometimes overwhelming to not see faces behind likes.


3 online/offline spots for inspirations?

︎︎︎ Online: Glazespectrum.com if you like colours and textures / Iheartberlin.de if you want to know Berlin in a real local way/ @Venuslepodcast ( French feminist podcast about Womxn in History of Art)
Offline: The lake of Liepnitzsee in my hamac / The rooftop of my studio or any high spot where I can isolate and see the horizon/ The Natural History Museum (of any cities) with a sketchbook.



Present
/ Future︎︎︎


On-going and upcoming projects?

︎︎︎ I’m currently making a big vase for the 1000 Vases exhibition happening on September 3-6 in Galerie Joseph in Le Marais, Paris and preparing my first solo exhibition in a Galerie in Mitte, Berlin happening in February (more information to come in the next months on my social media)

What would be your advice for people who want to become a ceramic artist?

︎︎︎ You can start at home to do some hand-building and find a potter who has a kiln in your neighbourhood to fire your pieces if you can’t afford a course or a wheel yet. And also, be prepared to handle frustration. Be patient.