About once a year we receive a container from France. Inside that container from France is French pottery. Makes sense. But for some reason, this is the shipment that seems most exciting. The colors, sizes and finishes of this terracotta pottery are just the other side of spectacular.
The first time we visited Anduze we went to the workshop (and home) of Nicole and Jean-Jacques, who by the way they speak absolutely no English. Brent and Suzi, by the way, cannot speak French. But as we previously established in several of our blog posts, Brent has his creative ways of communicating. Their small workshop is meticulous and charming. Each item is hand made and the mysterious glazes are hand applied and finished. The resulting objects are uniquely beautiful. This artisan workshop does not produce the large, multi-hued Anduze pottery customarily made in this part of France, but smaller, more elegant versions. This same trip also revealed the older poteries of Anduze, where the traditional glazes were on display at the factory showrooms. The poterie our pots come from is one of the oldest, producing exclusively hand made pottery in the tradition of the area.
Though the shapes and traditional glazes are always met with true excitement here at Eye of the Day, we love seeing their new colors as we open the containers. The last shipment brought us a soft Tiffany blue glaze and it looks like this time we’ll be seeing a lipstick red version. Sometime after September 25th, these special pots will be ready for you to see, too.