Laurent Craste

Laurent Craste, living and working in Montreal, shares his career between his professional artistic practice and the teaching of ceramics. Ceramist by training, he completed a Master's Degree in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM. His artistic research focuses on the conceptual exploration of the multiple layers of meaning of decorative objects for collections, in their sociological and historical dimensions, but also ideological and aesthetic. This approach is embodied in a reappropriation of the historical archetypes of ceramics. By drawing from the European porcelain models repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries, he deconstructs and humorously alters these models while questioning the status of objects of collections. During his 20-year career, Craste has received numerous awards and distinctions and participated in over sixty group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.