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The artistry and legacy of Les Ceramiques de Lussan

The artistry and legacy of Les Ceramiques de Lussan



World famous French artisans Les Ceramiques de Lussan have a fascinating legacy and an undeniable artistry. Saison now has newly arrived colours of their coveted ceramic Pintade (Guniea Fowl), and we have restocked shelves with classic favourites. It seems the perfect time for us to explore the story of Les Ceramiques de Lussan further. Read on to uncover the legacy of the iconic Pintade!

Les Ceramiques de Lussan was established in 1974 by artisan Heidi Caillard. In 1962 Heidi studied fine arts and crafts at Lausanne Ceramics School. It was a few years later that Heidi moved to a little village called Blauzac where she started her first pottery workshop and met her husband Daniel.

In 1971 the couple had their first child Adrien, who would one day follow in Heidi's footsteps.That same year they bought a ruined Monastry which they restored and transformed into the Les Ceramiques de Lussan workshop. This is where the famous Pintade is made today, nestled at the foot of the charming medieval, walled village of Lussan. In 1994 Adrien took the reins and continued to develop the small family workshop into a world famous French icon.
Heidi Caillard was enamoured with the many birds to be found in her childhood garden, and naturally decided to capture their image in stylised sculptures. The beautiful and renowned sculptures Les Ceramiques de Lussan create today, were realised after a long process of sketching, constructing and deconstructing to find the perfect form. Each bird is made from red clay sourced locally from nearby Aix-en-Provence. The shape is formed by hand, then a plaster mold is prepared for casting.
Every creation is hand painted with Les Ceramiques de Lussan’s own special formulation of oxides, clays and pigments. Then a batch are fired at high temperature for around 8 hours.Each is a unique creation, much more than just a decorative object, truly they are highly collectible works of art to be enjoyed and admired for life.

 


Fall in love with the new pintade colours and old favourites
available in our online store!

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