Temporary exhibition 2023: Marjatta and Jean-Claude Taburet, from Celtic legend to Finnish delicacy

From Monday 11 April 2023 -> Saturday 30 September 2023

The museum invites you to retrace the career of an iconic pair of Quimper earthenware makers who are the heirs and renovators of a long Quimper tradition.  

Marjatta Taburet, originally from Finland, never ceases to blend Nordic influences and sagas with Breton legends and landscapes. Jean-Claude Taburet, who are the heirs and renovators of the long Quimper tradition. Marjatta Taburet, originally from Finland, has never ceased to blend Nordic influences and sagas with Breton legends and landscapes. A ceramist and painter, she joined, with her husband, the closed circle of faience-painters who succeeded in combining the art of the painter with the craft of the faience-maker. In the 1970s, she was the first to study Quimper earthenware and the three centuries of its manufacture.

In relation to his training, Jean-Claude Taburet devotes himself to sculpture, respecting the harmony of lines and volumes taught in Robert Couturier's workshop. The accentuation of forms, the smoothing of lines and the stripping of major elements of the local picturesque inculcate in his subjects a status of local ideal. He made his own the repertoire of protohistoric Cornish motifs such as the heart, the flower, the ear of corn or the palmette thanks to the ancient techniques of ceramic decoration (engraving and intaglio printing). Mermaids, goddesses, virgins and Gradlon kings punctuate his production. 

After a brief experience at the Keraluc factory for Jean-Claude, Marjatta joined her husband, who had become a free-lance artist at HB. In 1984, they left the factory and built their own workshop at home before creating the Atelier du Steïr on the banks of the eponymous river in Quimper, where their career continued. Between them, they have a century of creative work in Quimper! Discover their pictorial, legendary and sculptural universe in the colours of Brittany and Finland.

Curator of the exhibition: Bernard Jules Verlingue
Catalogue available from the museum shop