Hervé Rousseau was born in 1955 in Tavern, France. With Claude Champy, his eldest, Hervé Rousseau is one of the current actors in wood-fired ceramics. Attached to La Borne, a pottery village in Berry where he settled in 1981, the ceramist creates objects and sculptures. Its shapes are powerful, shaped with hands and feet in direct contact with the raw material. It is the ashes of its Anagama-type wood-burning kiln that give the earth of Berry the telluric colors that we see. The earth and the fire are intimately associated with Hervé Rousseau: " As from the shaping, I have the charging of the kiln and the firing in mind. This shaping is the other signature that makes the piece unique. This is intimately linked to the kiln, which plays a double and contradictory role, of technical constraint and liberation of the imagination. I first look for simplicity, an evocation rather than a designation, a figuration. He is one of the country’s best-known living ceramists , with an established international reputation. His pieces are in the collections of institutions across Europe, including the Musee National de la Céramique Sèvresand the Musee des Arts Décoratifsin Paris, and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. He has been a member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 2010.