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

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'L’usage des jours. 365 ceramic objects by Guillaume Bardet'. Exhibition view at Mudac, Lausanne, 2013.
(Image credit: Photography: Olga Cafiero)

It's become a frequent artistic device to create something - a self-portrait, a song, a blog - each day for a year, and then display the efforts in a final ensemble. The Parisian designer Guillaume Bardet (opens in new tab) went one further. Between September 2009 and 2010 he sketched an object a day, then embarked on a two-year mission to create each one from clay.

The project took Bardet to the Dieulefit region of southern France, where he recruited 14 local ceramicists to help him achieve his goal. The 365 expertly refined works - along with 3D sketches, photographs and anecdotal records - appear in a new exhibit at Mudac (opens in new tab), Lausanne's museum of applied arts and design, until 26 May.

'L'Usage des Jours (opens in new tab)', as the exhibit is called, was installed by Bardet's friend, the designer Vincent Dupont-Rougier (opens in new tab), as a visual story of the ceramicist's journey, his moments of imagination and despair, challenge and boredom. Dupont-Rougier has placed the stoneware - some of it richly enamelled or finished in metal, some left matt - against a raw, industrial backdrop. The contrast allows the objects' artful finishes and lit interiors to shine more vividly.

The epic effort won the entire team the prestigious Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the Intelligence of the Hand (opens in new tab) in 2011.

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Between September 2009 and 2010, Bardet sketched an object a day, then embarked on a two-year mission to create each one from clay, the results of which are on show in the exhibition.

(Image credit: Olga Cafiero)

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

(Image credit: Olga Cafiero)

grande forme no 1

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

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

pilages

'Pliages No 19 and 20' carafes, 9-10 July 2010, with Quentin Marais.

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

lampe

'Lampe No 10', 12 December 2009, with Quentin Marais.

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

sculptures

'Sculptures de poche No 4 à 7', 5-8 January 2010, with Sèvres.

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

installation view

Installation view at Mudac.

(Image credit: Olga Cafiero)

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(Image credit: Olga Cafiero)

Géométrie élémentaire

'Géométrie élémentaire', 16 October 2009, with Séverine Dufust.

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

black ceramic

'Tabouret No 26', 20 April 2010, with Bruno Pajaud.

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

Miroirs de terre

'Miroirs de terre No 6 et No 7', 8-9 March 2010.

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

red ceramic house

'Habitat No 2', 21 March 2010, with Séverine Dufust.

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

Sur pattes

'Sur pattes' coffee mug, tea mug and vase, 2-5 October 2009, with Séverine Dufust.

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

Centres de table

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

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

torch light

'Lampe No 4', 6 December 2009, with Zélie Rouby.

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

Sur pattes la suite

'Sur pattes la suite No 11' vase, 31 October 2009, with Séverine Dufust.

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

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Mudac
Place Cathédrale 6
CH-1005 Lausanne

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