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Monsieur Cailloux’s Imaginary Planet Spawns New Blobby Ceramic Specimens

February 5, 2024

Grace Ebert

a grid of nine images of colorful, ceramic characters shaped like rocks with legs

All images © Monsieur Cailloux, shared with permission

A Paris studio doubles as the mysterious planet of MRCX. Populated with adorable specimens with stone-like bodies and two or three short legs, the imaginary universe is the site of rigorous scientific study for the artist known as Monsieur Cailloux, who’s pioneered a fantastical world of blobby ceramic creatures.

“I spend most of my time on planet MRCX, which is as surprising in its beauty and imperfection as ever,” he tells Colossal. “As I explore ceramics, I discover more and more about the different areas of the planet and its inhabitants.” Some of these findings—which he shares as animated reports on Instagram—include tree-like rings that reveal the creatures’ age, an average “locomotion speed” of 50 meters per minute, and that sometimes, when discovered deep in a cave, the specimens even glow in the dark.

There are several opportunities to meet the characters this month, including at both YTF Gallery in New Taipei City and Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. You can always find the creatures at Club Sensible in Paris. To dive deeper into the thinking behind MRCX, pick up a copy of the forthcoming Ceramic Artists on Creative Processes, in which Monsieur Cailloux shares insight into his work.

an orange ceramic sculpture with a mottled glaze of green spots, crackled white, and purple drips

Made in collaboration with Philip Kupferschmidt

a yellow ceramic sculpture that curves to the left side with small black eyes and a nose

a grid of four images of colorful, ceramic characters shaped like rocks with legs

a small ceramic sculpture with a green top and blue bottom. it has a small face and three legs

a green glow in the dark ceramic rock with legs and a face

a blue ceramic sculpture with white and black eyes, three legs, and dark gray chunky spots

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