At home, Mum always used to dress beautiful tables whenever there was a dinner party with friends. Her style quite classic but yet elegant like her own mother. We had a big collection of different sets from Gien, including the ones we inherited from one of my grand mothers. One Christmas, a couple years after I moved out, I received a set of plates from Gien too. So I was all geared up to dress a nice table & my love for beautiful props had started!
Then, during my years of living abroad & travelling, I started a collection of different ceramic bowls, cups and plates, which has grown quite big and eclectic over the years. Sadly a few have ended broken along the way, some I have managed to re-glue… I guess if you use your props you take that risk.
I have met several talented ceramists, in France, in the UK, in Australia and other places. Others I regularly chat with via Instagram and hope to meet one day… Without being materialistic, I value handmade ceramics for their durability & their aesthetics plus they make your table unique. I support makers as this know-how should continue to be valued & shared.
There is a story behind each prop I own. They are part of my everyday life. I also love mixing modern ceramics with vintage plates when I set my table. So here is a small overview of the artists that I particularly love (some you already have seen in previous articles).
Studio Enti, NSW, Australia
Cécile Cayrol, Arles, France
Laurette Broll, Paris, France
Malo Atelier, St Etienne, France
Bridget Bodenham, VIC, Australia
Plus the clotted spoon in the image below with the colander.
Jo Norton, QLD, Australia
Sifnos Stoneware, Sifnos, Cyclades, Greece
More talented ceramists (in no particular order)
Sabrina Binda, she offers workshops in her studio on Tinos island, Greece
and so many more!!!!
In the blog archives, you can also read about Frosso Bora’s work here. She works a lot with the Raku technique.
Enjoy your week!