Guidette Carbonell (1910 – 2008) is a French artist. Her work is among the most original and important in the field of French ceramics of the 20th century. She first studied painting in Paris but chose to become a ceramist and met during her training the Catalan Llorens Artigas who gave her precious advice. She exhibited in 1928 at the Salon d’Automne and in 1937 produced two monumental fountains for the French government at the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Paris. With its white enamels sprinkled with acid colors, she differs fundamentally from her elders who favored an austere and meticulous ceramic.
She became a member of the Salon des artistes décorateurs in 1945. She is going to work with Jacques Adnet and is going to create a style inspired by classical subjects that she transforms thanks to the vigor of her modelling and her very personal enamels. She gradually sought to simplify these forms through a series of stylized luminous birds that she exhibited at the Jeanne Bûcher gallery in 1949.
From 1952 she collaborates with architects and creates large murals and urban furniture. At the same time, she creates small sculptures: idols and a series of two-sided totems in enamelled cement: the harpies.
Guidette Carbonell abandoned ceramics at the end of the 60s for tapestries composed of fragments of fabric glued and sewn. She develops a fabulous bestiary of striking strangeness.
In the 1970 s’ Guidette Carbonell worked on furniture and decor urban projects.
Her work which, from the 30’s until the 90’s, explored the universes of mythology, music, poetry and science with a constant wonder in front of nature, appears today of a very contemporary expression.