valerie casado desert plate
  • valerie casado desert plate

Dessert plate

€58.33
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French-born Valerie Casado creates ceramics in her studio in L’Isle sur la Sorgue. Her organic forms are embellished with parsley and wildflowers, antique found objects and handmade lace to form beautiful, unique patterns. Working with unglazed baked porcelain or “terre rouge,” her work is a concentration of contemporary French charm. Her creations are available at Retour De Voyage, Concept store.

ø 20 cm

French-born Valerie Casado creates ceramics in her studio in L’Isle sur la Sorgue. Her organic forms are embellished with parsley and wildflowers, antique found objects and handmade lace to form beautiful, unique patterns. Working with unglazed baked porcelain or “terre rouge,” her work is a concentration of contemporary French charm. Her creations are available at Retour De Voyage, Concept store.

Bio

I was born in Bordeaux on the west coast of France, and at the age of six my parents decided to relocate to the city of Marseille in Provence. They enrolled us in a very special pilot school, which prioritized the creativity of children, supported by a multitude of creative workshops. I was eight when I discovered and fell in love with clay and the very first object I created was a sculpted hand, black on the interior and white on the exterior. It was at this same school that I discovered my love for classical music and the poetry of theatre; and despite my young years, I was certain that my life path would be allied with clay and ceramics.

The small Provençal town of Fontaine de Vaucluse has been my home for the last forty years. I briefly left my beloved Provence for eight years to experience living in Paris, where I enrolled in singing and acting lessons at the Conservatoire de Theatre. During this period I also undertook humanitarian work and travelled to India to work alongside Mother Theresa and worked in the fields doing odd jobs to help at harvest time.

As far back as I can remember, I have always created. I poured an infinite amount of passion into making delicate crosses embellished with hand-formed flowers. In my thirty’s, I enrolled in a pottery class in Pernes les Fontaines with my daughter Rose; a year later I created my first collection of tableware and serveware. My first client was the celebrated embroidery artist Edith Mezard, who placed a large order for her charming boutique Chateau de l’Ange in Lumieres. Today, my work can be found at select boutiques worldwide and at Retour De Voyage, Concept Store.

At the beginning, my art studio was like most creative beginners I imagine—I took over a spare room in my home. As my craft grew I sought out a larger, dedicated creative space. Having grown up in the village, word of mouth helped me to find a very beautiful and poetic space, which was loaned to me by an old friend of the family. It was a very simple structure, the ancient village washhouse on the riverbanks of the Sorgue river. I would turn and mold my ceramics and then place them to dry on the ancient wooden shelves. Once my pieces were dried and sanded I would have to gingerly transport them up to the village of Chateuxvieux to be fired, which made the whole creative process very laborious to say the least. So out of necessity, I was forced to leave behind this inspirational space for a more practical modern workshop in L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, otherwise known as the “Venice of Provence.”

On my fortieth birthday, I met the man who would become my husband; we moved in together and created our lives in a wonderful ancient troglodyte stone house. Two years later we decided to buy this house and make it our home. The restoration work lasted nearly a year and a half. We dreamed of creating a haven, somewhere that made you feel like you are permanently on holiday; where friends would come to visit and never want to leave. We renovated and filled our home with noble materials such as cedar parquet and lime-wash on the walls. Inspiration and ideas flow through me as much in how I live day-to-day and in how I create and decorate my home as they do in my studio.

Today when I create, many people identify my creative signature before even knowing it is my work. My work is naturally evolving and changing but I do see a common thread that connects my work over the years. My first creations were related to the fragility of childhood, with a fairy-like dream nature. Over time, my experience and my research have guided me towards simplicity; my color palette echoes the colors in nature, and I am drawn to creating pure, raw shapes. I create following my instinct and intuition and allow my hands to guide me through the artistic creation of each piece.

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