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“L' Usage des Jours” by Guillaume Bardet at Mudac, Lausanne

It has become a common artistic tool to create something every day for a year – a self-portrait, a song, a blog – and then present the results in a final piece. Parisian designer Guillaume Bardet took it a step further. Between September 2009 and 2010, he sketched an object every day and then embarked on a two-year mission to sculpt each one out of clay.

The project took Bardet to the Dieulefit region of southern France, where he recruited 14 local ceramicists to help him realize his goal. The 365 expertly refined works – along with 3D sketches, photographs and anecdotal notes – are on display in a new exhibition at Mudac, Lausanne's Museum of Applied Arts and Design, through May 26.

“L'Usage des Jours,” the title of the exhibition, was installed by Bardet's friend, the designer Vincent Dupont-Rougier, as a visual story of the ceramicist's journey, his moments of fantasy and despair, of challenge and boredom. Dupont-Rougier has placed the earthenware – some richly enameled or finished with metal, others matte – against a raw, industrial background. The contrast makes the objects' ornate surfaces and illuminated interiors shine even more vividly.

For this tremendous achievement, the entire team was awarded the prestigious Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the Intelligence of the Hand in 2011.

Between September 2009 and 2010, Bardet sketched one object each day and then embarked on a two-year mission to sculpt each one out of clay. The results of this work can be seen in the exhibition.

(Photo credit: Olga Cafiero)

14 Ceramics

The 365 expertly refined works were created with the help of 14 ceramicists in the Dieulefit region of southern France.

(Photo credit: Olga Cafiero)

large form no. 1

“Grande forme No 1”, 10 September 2010, created in collaboration with Ceralep

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

Looting

Carafes “Pliages No. 19 and 20”, 9–10 July 2010, with Quentin Marais.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

lamp

“Lamp No. 10”, December 12, 2009, with Quentin Marais.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

Sculptures

“Sculptures de poche Nos. 4 to 7”, 5–8 January 2010, with Sèvres.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

Installation view

Installation view in Mudac.

(Photo credit: Olga Cafiero)

Ceramic objects

(Photo credit: Olga Cafiero)

Element geometry

“Elementary Geometry”, October 16, 2009, with Séverine Dufust.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

black ceramic

“Tabouret No. 26”, April 20, 2010, with Bruno Pajaud.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

Earth mirror

“Miroirs de terre No. 6 and No. 7”, 8–9 March 2010.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

red ceramic house

“Habitat No. 2”, March 21, 2010, with Séverine Dufust.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

On the Pattes

Coffee cup, tea cup and vase “Sur pattes”, 2–5 October 2009, with Séverine Dufust.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

Table tennis tables

“Centres de table No. 8 and No. 9”, 4-5 September 2010, with Clémence Fouilhé

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

flashlight

“Lamp No. 4”, December 6, 2009, with Zélie Rouby.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

Successively

Vase “Sur pattes la suite No 11”, 31 October 2009, with Séverine Dufust.

(Photo credit: Pierre Olivier Deschamps for Bernard Chauveau Editeur)

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