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
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.