Even though this plate may seem large, its 195-year-old history won’t fit in such a small circle at once. In this case, it would take a plate almost the size of a full moon and not one, but several lifetimes to paint it, conjuring all kinds of characters, plates, as well as big, small, old and contemporary things. My tribute takes the form of an organic factory, bustling with life and that can be expanded out of the very soil from which trees grow. I chose to evoke not only the sculptures of the Game Birds collection – for their elegance –, but also laboring characters, such as the “vegetable merchant”, since they’re timeless collector’s items. Lastly, I’ve chosen the “faun” as well, due to the surprising imagination it shows. My parents are both sculptors, but – unlike sculptors who like to touch everything – I was told to “touch things with my eyes” so as not to break anything. Only much later did I understand the reason and meaning of these porcelain things that go beyond mere decor – they ought to be touched by the eyes and, if we look carefully, we can see and sometimes feel – next to a fold, a bend or a color smear – the “Factory” work, even in the flamingo piece. For, unlike leaves and fruit, porcelain pieces don’t grow on trees but are made by people who are able to create trees, so that they’re not all green, which would be extremely boring.
Plate ”The Factory” - 195th Anniversary Special Edition