A life of observing and sculpting nature
Christine Viennet
Nature has always been essential to Christine Viennet's work. Born in Norway in 1947, she studied at the Oslo School of Art and stepped into the ceramic world while working as an apprentice to two famous Norwegian artists, Rolf Hansen and Bente von Krogh.

Christine Viennet then worked with Father Paoli at the Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa and at the ateliers of Lurçat and Picart Le Doux, Perpignan, France (1965 - 1971).

First exhibitions in Paris : Christian de Bertier Gallery and the “Salon des Indépendants”, followed by many international exhibitions and shows.
1972 - 2007
Influenced by Bernard Palissy, the famous French naturalistic Renaissance ceramicist, Viennet creates with exuberance, vases, plates and sculptures… enlivened with wild life, aquatic fauna and flora, in both a realistic and an imaginary way.
2008 - 2011
Sculptures including Mutations and Sea Creatures dominate her creative universe today : sculptures modeled in clay, stoneware and porcelain.

Her Studio, and Museum presenting European Ceramics from the 16th to the 21st century with a large collection of Palissy ware (founded in 1990), are located at the Château de Raissac, Béziers, southern France.

Christine Viennet has a multi- facetted focus : her creations, her publications and her collections.