Joseph Blaise

Date of birth:

Place of birth:
Valognes, France. 

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in France, in the countryside next to the sea in Normandy.

Where do you live now?
I live in East Berlin, in a wonderful community house project. 

For those who don’t know you, please can you give a short introduction into your artistic career?
I attended Saint Luc Institue of Art in 2017 to become a cabinet maker. In this field, the line is thin between craft & art. In 2020, I completed a year of specialisation in marquetry & inlay and started the Toilet Seats Project. It is at this point that I realised the project belongs more to the artistic scene rather than the craft scene. Since then, I am slowly evolving in this position.

Looking back over your career what have been the highs and lows?
Considering that I’m still new in this scene, I would say that the highs are when I’m solicited for my skills and when I have opportunities to show my work. The lows are when I’m too busy with other projects and can not invest that much time in this artistic project. 

Where are you at now in terms of your work and your goals?
The main goal at the moment is to develop my artistic career. In terms of work, I go ahead with the Toilet Seats Project and keep on producing other pieces. I want to bring back marquetry in our daily life and for that, I integrate this old technique into daily life object.

How has living in Berlin shaped your work?
So far Berlin has been inspiring by the people I met, those who showed me everyday that there is a space for almost every kind of project in this city. 

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment, I’m planning on the next toilet seat inspired by Louis XV’s style. A deep bath in the 18th century is necessary in order to design it. On another level, I’m producing wood turned object and make my experimentation to produce wood-turned dildos. 

In your opinion how do feel your work has developed over the many years?
I guess the first steps were more about searching where do I wanted to go to. I shaped it and have been influenced by diverse resources. Over the years, I understood that my main interest goes in the ornamental direction.