Coralie, a truly passionate craftswoman,
And I think of all my suppliers the example of how to live your Ikigai.
In 2011, she settled in a small village in the South of France, in the Minervois, where she enjoys producing the most exquisite ceramics every day. She works all by herself, takes time for her family in between, and works on her products in peace and quiet every day. When you walk into her studio, you are overwhelmed by an oasis of calm, even though she works very hard. Coralie sits in the middle of the room, quietly turning cups and plates. In the afternoon, the sun shines on her through a skylight. It couldn’t be more beautiful.
Every product is unique and the quantities are limited. So you really have a unique product in your hands that comes from her pottery. The products are of course all unique, because that’s how it goes. With handmade products. Unevenness and irregularities are therefore the character of this ceramic. No moulds or machines are used as is usual in bulk production. Only her turntable is mechanical, the rest is all done by hand.
The most special thing about her products is the use of her ingredients.
From the ash to the glaze
All the colours of her pottery are made from ash, vegetable ash. Ash from burnt trees. All trees come from their own territory.For example, from the apple tree, vine, lavender, olive and peach tree. This means that the main ingredient of the glaze is ash, which gives it a soft appearance. The only oxide added is iron. This is a very old technique, because ash is a material that has always been available and it melts together with iron. The colour of the final enamelled ceramics is determined by the type of tree the ashes come from. We have chosen 2 colours:
The dark colour is made of lavender ash. The light colour is made from a mixture of the ashes of peach and apricot trees. The minerals in the ash determine the final colour.
These glazes were applied to the pottery.The pieces are baked at 1300 degrees and are everyday utensils. Because of this, they can be washed in the dishwasher and even in the oven!
Coralie uses high-quality clay from the supplier Solargil. This clay is very hard after firing and this prevents you from getting dents in your ceramics. This pottery can take a punch! Solargil is a real specialist in the field of ceramics, clay and accessories.
I found her by chance on my morning walk to the bakery in a village I have visited all my life. So there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to develop this collection together.
I am really in love with these ceramics and I hope you are too!