†††† "My art reflects
the importance of "Good Posture" as Art captures a moment.
It reflects four important things in my life: dance, elegance, kindness
and hedonism. Some of these are the criteria of the decorative art of
the 17th and 18th century which have influenced my sense of aesthetics,
a sense of luxury easily accessible."
†††† Irène de
Watteville is a tile painter and a ceramic sculptor born in the Alsace
region of France. She moved to the US in 1963 and completed a four-year
diploma at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, majoring in painting
and graphic art.
†††† In 1967 she moved to Los
Angeles where her embroideries and papier maché were featured
in the "Egg and the Eye Gallery" now the "Craft and Folk
†††† In 1972 she moved to Solana
Beach in the San Diego area where she started her career in ceramics
with Erik Gronborg, a Danish furniture maker and ceramist.
†††† In 1983 she became interested
in tiles especially in the style of European 17th and 18th faience,
also called majolica. Since 1984 she has worked with designers to create
murals for patios, fountains, kitchens and bathrooms.
†††† In 1998 she joined the board
of directors of the Tile Heritage Foundation, organizing symposiums
and teaching workshops for this national organization. Connecting with
other contemporary clay artists is a vital part of her life.
†††† From 1995 to 2004 she served
on the Public Arts Advisory Committee of Solana Beach, establishing
an art policy and overseeing six tile installations in her city. The
city council rightly accuses her of wanting to tile the whole town!
†††† In 2003 she was one of the
founders of Synergy Art Foundation an organization that raised funds
to help the artists whose homes and studios were destroyed in the San
†††† In 2005 she started working
on relief tiles and three-dimensional ceramic sculptures.