& DESIGN OBJECTS
Interdisciplinary Creative Synergy
At the heart of DAMAZU Studio is a collaboration and synergy between two artists - a husband and wife team, and their fields of expression: CERAMIC SCULPTURE, POTTERY, PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTING and CREATIVE MOVEMENT. From that encounter is born a unique dialogue between shapes, colours, textures and spatial relating.
At the centre of DAMAZU stands our desire to share what we love. So we decided to display our creative passions under one creative umbrella - a sort of an interdisciplinary hub. During our collaborative exhibitions, you are invited to step into an imaginary world inspired by nature and the rich diversity of the world, where our hand-crafted ceramic creations and select photographs converse together in their own, mysterious language.
We believe that sharing what love and what we're continuously learning more about, is a way for us to practice our Damma = Our Duty and Purpose, expressing our Nature the best we can through the work we do.
DAMAZU /dä-mah-zoo/ n. [m.f.] >> 1 Creative Interdisciplinary Hub / Where to feel good >> 2 Creative Synergy of Pottery + Ceramics + Photography + Workshops + Special Events >> 3 Atelier / Studio / Place of creation where one makes visible what one loves' >> 4 Sharing of unique, hand & heart crafted creative works you can take home with you >> 5 -syn. Extraordinary Creations for Daily Life
WHAT WE DO
'Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful!'
DAVID MARCHANDISE FOR DAMAZU STUDIO
All POTTERY pieces are crafted by Artist and Potter David Marchandise. Thrown on a wheel, his ceramic creations gravitate towards radical and essential aesthetic made of simple lines and sensual curves. Superfluous sophistication is traded for lasting quality, daily use and pure enjoyment. His pottery collections are highly functional, long lasting, solid, stackable, and washing machine safe. This being said, David recommends that special care still be dedicated to these heart-crafted pieces ...
His passion for colours has driven him to research different glazes for each family of objects - ranging from primary colours on white clay to nature-inspired shades reminiscent of nature's seasons on stoneware. A special attention is dedicated to the selection of glazes used for bowls and cups, because they come most alive when their aesthetic is combined with delicious, healthy food and liquids. David wishes his pottery work serves our daily routines, while bringing about a celebration of senses through colourful and tactile interactions - bringing us into the present moment.
All pottery presented on this site is FOR SALE (Stock is Limited // Individual pieces are organic & unique). Please contact us to inquire about prices and availability.
"Once I started, I couldn't stop" - David M.
ZUZANA HUDACEK MARCHANDISE FOR DAMAZU STUDIO
Poetic and observant, all PHOTOGRAPHS, captured by Photographer/Videomaker and Yoga-Teacher Zuzana Hudacek Marchandise, are reflections on the necessity for recognizing deeper beauty in daily life & ordinary environments; while being open to stories that can emerge from each moment if we are present for them. The mood is somewhat meditative, opening the door for something new to emerge from within each frame. Zuzana sees life as a constantly and organically evolving, flowing creation that continues to bring forth more and more grace and magic to observe, admire and learn from. Zuzana's interest lies primarily in presenting her photographs on various 'canvases' (surfaces) to enhance textures, to tell a visual story within a different frame - all to compliment the aesthetic quality of a moment captured to take the viewer deeper into it.
All Photographs presented are FOR SALE (Sizes Upon Request & Dependent on the original format & resolution // Shipping Available only on Unframed Photographs). Please contact us to inquire.
Multidisciplinary Artist - David’s scope of creative expression includes Painting, Ceramics, Pottery and Performance Art.
Fascinated by Post-War American Abstraction, David went on to study Painting at the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture. After that experience, he began to develop a personal way of presenting his colourful work through movement and interaction with the audience. His art performances Freedom From The Known - The Doors , My Job, Home Alone and 13 Doors where exhibited in Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.
In 2010, in parallel with his work as a painter, David went to Jingdezhen, China for several residencies to learn porcelain craftsmanship. He then expanded and deepened his knowledge of pottery and ceramics at La Meridiana - an International Ceramic Center in Tuscany. Later on he went to Icheon, Korea, to learn from a Ceramic Master certain traditional techniques for making vessels.
During his years of living and working in Canada, David began to expand his relationship of working with clay into the realm of sculpture, developing a personal way of interacting with the medium. The discovery of plasticity of clay is an endless path…
David co-created Damazu Studio, together with his wife Zuzana. He works and lives in Eygalières, France, at the foot of Les Alpilles.
Zuzana Hudacek Marchandise
Often referred to as a “Creative Mixologist”, Zuzana's creative expression has taken on a variety of forms over the past few decades. Working as a visual storyteller - Filmmaker & Photographer - Zuzana has collaborated on a large number of video, film and photography projects ranging from those of her own independent making to those of various advertising, photography, film & television production-houses.
During her Film & Visual Arts studies at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Zuzana was the recipient of an 'Outstanding Filmmaker Grant’. At the start of her career she was selected for an Emerging Filmmaker 'Calling-Card Grant’ from the National Film-board of Canada (NFB) for which she directed a Documentary Film entitled Heaven Or Not. She was selected as a finalist in the nation-wide Short-Film competition for the 2010 Canada Winter Olympic Games, for which she directed a short spot entitled Joy that played during the Canada & UK Olympic Games as well as the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2014 Zuzana founded a Rome-based yoga studio, where she created an inspiring space to host Rome’s international community and developed her own creative style of yoga she now teaches independently as ZEM Flow Yoga. In her visual work Zuzana draws more and more upon the rawness, mystery and wisdom of Nature as a reflection of her own inner inquiry and necessity for creative expression, allowing diverse forms of visual storytelling to emerge.
Together with her husband David, Zuzana also launched DAMAZU Studio to collaborate on creative projects that align their unique artistic expressions. The couple currently reside and work in Eygalières, in the south of France, at the foot of Les Alpilles.
david & zuzana
"We feel lucky to do what we love and to love what we do. Nature and diversity feed our creativity. Our wish is for you to enjoy something special when you're having your morning coffee, your hearty lunch, or evening meal, or when you come home at the end of a long day ...
Let us take care of the making & you do the enjoying!"