“My name is Mollie Brotherton and I am the creator of Terrain Vallonne.”
Terrain Vallonne is French and roughly translated means the undulating land. I live in the Gers, a small land-locked department, in South West France at the foot of the Pyrenees. What I love about this region are the changes in season, the shifting variations in the colour of the land, the rolling hills and ancient woodland as well as the hedgerows full of wild plants and flowers.
The medium of clay provides the perfect material in which to express my thoughts and ideas about the wonder of the wildness around us.
Every piece is hand built using a variety of techniques but slab building is core. I impress rolled clay with plants, found objects and blocks that I have carved by hand, cut and then assembled. Colours are applied in many layers using engobes, liquid wax as resist and oxides to enhance textures and plant forms. All my work is made from grogged stoneware and fired to 1260°c.
In the summer of 2015 I started to explore my ideas through the technique of block printing on fabric. I have been working with clay since I graduated in 1997 and I have exhibited widely throughout Europe.