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Catherine Vanier Ceramics, Bissy-sur-Fley, Burgundy

Le Bourg
France 71460
Tel: 33 3 85 49 23 88's insider take:

Based in the village of Bissy-sur-Fley, in the scenic Côte Chalonnaise wine country of southern Burgundy, Catherine Vanier is a distinguished ceramist who often works with slipware to create a highly textured surface and a complex matte finish. Other pieces are glossy and bright, and bring to mind Asian fabrics. Although she makes plates, boxes, bowls, and objects that look a lot like salt shakers and ashtrays, Vanier's artwork is intended to be decorative. Her larger sculptures are typically undulating forms in the rich colors of pastureland or forest, evoking the rolling, patchwork Burgundian countryside.—David Downie

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