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Roger Capron Mid-century Ceramics and Furniture

December 19, 2014

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There’s a wonderful sense of life and spirit in the work of French artist and ceramist, Roger Capron. Who was born in 1922 in Vincennes and who died in November 2006. Roger studied Applied arts in Paris from 1939 to 1945 and became a professor of drawing in 1945.

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He discovered ceramics and settled in 1946 in Vallauris where he created the Callis workshop. Joining Robert Picault (then Jean Derval) in 1948, taking part in the rebirth of ceramics in Vallauris.

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The emblematic forms and representations of his work are stylized branches, characters, geometrical suns and reasons. His company employed 120 people in 1980, but following the economic crisis, closed in 1982.

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I love his ceramic tiled tables for their mood, style and colour.

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The sun emblems throughout his work, do in my mind, bring a sense of wellbeing and warmth to his work.

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There’s such a variety of shape and design, Roger also crafted strange little side tables, like an animal sitting at the end of your sofa !

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Galleries regularly showed his work in Germany, Canada and the USA and some of his works are on show at the National Museum of Ceramics in Sevres and at the Magnelli Museum in Vallauris.

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Beautifully painted plates and birds with wild plumes.

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In collaboration with his wife Jacotte, Capron reappeared and produced single works close to his sculptures. Check out the shoes on this lady bird !

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His work was the subject of a true passion on behalf of the collectors throughout the world, and made me smile when I stumbled across it too : ) What’s your favourite piece ?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2014 11:47 am

    Beautiful

  2. December 19, 2014 3:56 pm

    Thanks Alison : )

  3. neatokeenetsy permalink
    December 19, 2014 6:06 pm

    Where has Roger Capron been all my life?! If you are going to make me choose just one, then I pick the plate with the bird who has his head turned toward his tail. I have the perfect spot in my kitchen for this! 😀 Fantastic post, Craig!

    • December 19, 2014 6:29 pm

      Thanks Cindy… its a tough choice isn’ it. I like the bird that is also a container and some of the sun tables. Too many to decide : )

  4. December 22, 2014 9:06 am

    Wonderful post! Thank you for all the images. Truly inspirational work!!

    • December 22, 2014 9:24 am

      Thanks Cindi, I enjoyed seeing his work for myself too.

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