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My name is Aurore Declève.
My passion for pottery came from interior design studies (developing a living experience in an interior space) which I undertook for my own pleasure and to gain knowledge, quite simply!
To represent three-dimensional objects, I used polymer pastes and, as I explored how to increase the possibilities of creation as much in textures as in forms or in colors, I turned almost naturally to white clay, red clay ... and their limitless world.
I am still learning every day, this world is so vast and fascinating, the path is long, especially with the potter's wheel which is quite complex to handle - at the beginning - to obtain what you have imagined as well as the tools and materials needed.
In everyday life, I worked in luxury hotel management, in the front office and climbed all the ladders, a lot of travel, meetings, I then moved to the hotel finance/accounting departments, which is the opposite of this creative world.
In November 2020: I left my job and my beautiful career, to devote myself 100% to pottery and ceramics, new challenges: to be my own boss, certified craftswoman recognized and especially to live from my art! In January 2021, I created my little start-up. In June 2021, I welcomed my first students and my fabulous story began!
My passions, besides pottery, are travelling far away, gastronomy/oenology, photography and my animals.
My creations are pure and zen, in the image of Japan, which inspires and amazes me. In the meantime, I have become a certified artisan.
Pottery, for me, is a haven of peace where my creativity, my imagination, my personality are free of all constraints.
It is a real pleasure every morning to wake up and pass on to my students this ancestral art
My assistant : Foster, my Chartreux, has gone to heaven. The logo of my studio is dedicated to him forever.
It is now, Omega, my black cat and his new little brother Pagaillou who, by their purrs and their love, encourage me in my creative work.
A little third, canine for the first time, will join us in January 2023.
I imagined and created this studio, alone, following my instinct and my desires. I wanted to create a small studio, greatly respectful of nature, eco-friendly and ethical, where you feel good as soon as you arrive.
We are in Waterloo in my grandparents' house that I rehabilitated a few years ago. I cherish this family atmosphere which is so good for us and which brings back so many beautiful memories as a child. I can still feel it!
I welcome you warmly and guide you step by step, at your own pace and in a good mood, in your discovery of pottery, on the wheel and/or in modelling or during the themed workshop you have chosen.
We keep it small: you are my guest!
Au Chat d'Argile, a local workshop where the love of clay is transmitted, where you create objects that you love, where you develop your creativity in a good mood and where you feel good.
Come and discover our unique and original creations, from pottery to elegant tableware. Click here to see our selection of products for sale!