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Bernardaud continues contemporary collaborations

Leading French porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud collaborates with Jeff Koons and Kara Walker on limited-edition pieces

After 2013's Banality Series porcelain collection, Jeff Koons was inspired by his Celebration series to reproduce his Play-Doh designs on a porcelain plate as a limited edition of only 2,500 copies.

This piece was originally an oil painting on canvas representing a pile of Play-Doh on a reflective Mylar background. The challenge for Bernardaud was to render the bright colours of the painting on porcelain.

Jeff Koons is one of the world's most controversial and also most sought-after contemporary artists. A "Jeff Koons: retrospective" exhibition will be at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris from 26th November 2014 to 27th April 2015.

Bernardaud has also created a limited edition (1,000 copies) series of jugs illustrated by Afro-American artist Kara Walker.

A plastic artist, she focuses on themes including slavery, its heritage in the United States and more generally on racial discrimination issues. Last Spring she created an impressive installation at the Domino Sugar Factory (Brooklyn, New York) representing a female sphinx made of sugar, 10 metres tall.

About Bernardaud
Founded in 1863 and currently run by Michel Bernardaud representing the 5th generation, the group of the same name is a leading French porcelain manufacturer and exporter. With 2 production sites in the Limoges area (central France), Bernardaud produces 2 million pieces a year and around 70 per cent are exported. As well as tableware, the company also creates ranges of objects, limited editions, light fittings and jewellery.

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