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Mado Jolain – mid century ceramics for all seasons

Mado Jolain – a ceramist for all seasons This month, we couldn’t resist featuring this uncommonly stylish 1950s vase, which is currently available to buy. With its organic shape, elegant proportions and swirly, bubbly decor, it has pretty much all you could ask for in a vase by the French ceramist, Mado Jolain. The early…

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Discovering Jacques Pouchain pottery, Atelier Dieulefit

Close-up on Jacques Pouchain, Atelier Dieulefit Buy now This month, the spotlight is on mid century French ceramist, Jacques Pouchain (1925-2015). His pottery could be functional and abstract, figurative and playful – but it was always modern. And so it feels, still, especially pieces from his personal production of the 1960s and 1970s. This tall…

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Jacques Sagan Vallauris, France

French Vallauris pottery has a long and illustrious history. But it was Picasso who revived the French pottery town, when he began working with the Madoura pottery in 1947. In the 1950s, a host of French ceramists flocked toto Vallauris to take part in the new creative wave. They included Jaques Sagan, the author of this large and sassy abstract vase, with double sided decor. Sagan came to Vallauris in 1952, the same year as Roger Capron set up

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The Road to Accolay

Few items sum up French mid-century style better than this beautiful hand-thrown pottery vase by Accolay. In the 1950s and 60s, a stop-off at the Accolay pottery studio was a ritual for Parisians driving down south to spend summer on the south coast of France.