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La Rencontre (Femme) SculptureLa Rencontre (Femme) Sculpture
La Rencontre (Femme) Sculpture

Carefully crafted, La Rencontre (Femme) is one half of an encounter, the partner to La Rencontre (Homme). A tragedy in the making, this pair are destined to live apart, only drawn together in unexpected and fleeting moments of passion.

This sculptural series represents a departure from Aude's established practice, producing prints and porcelain tableware. Inspired by her vivid imagination, Aude has produced a range of strange, eccentric and charming characters. Some are glazed, whilst others have been left unglazed to reveal the tactile nature of the terracotta.

La Rencontre (Femme) Sculpture
La Rencontre (Femme) Sculpture


La Rencontre (Femme) is an abstract terracotta earthenware sculpture, created by ceramicist and illustrator Aude Van Ryn.


Partly glazed earthenware terracotta.


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Aude Van Ryn Portrait

Aude Van Ryn

Belgian illustrator and ceramicist Aude Van Ryn creates hand decorated ceramic pieces, which are simple in shape and feature semi-abstract designs and graphics – dots, line and geometric shapes – alongside plants, flowers and birds.

Aude works mainly in porcelain stoneware, which she decorates with underglaze using brushes, fingertips and sgraffito techniques, before dipping them in a transparent glaze. Each piece is unique. She particularly likes the playfulness of abstract shapes, drawing inspiration from Guidette Carbonnel, Pablo Picasso and sixties and seventies textiles designs by Marimekko.

Aude moved to London aged 21 to take up a place on the Illustration course at Central Saint Martins. She went on to study at the Royal College of Art and has been part of the Heart Illustration agency since 1998. In 2007 she started working in ceramics and now has a studio close to her home in Camden.

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