On this fiery wall charger, the vivid landscape and crashing waves of the Alps Maritimes province begin to fade from view as the sun sets with almost audible drama. Using luster glazes, etching and painting, Clément Massier has created an intense image that simultaneously communicates awe for the cosmos and for the ceramist's microcosm: the kiln. Marks: painted in glaze Clement Massier, Golfe-Juan, A.M.
About Clément Massier
Born into a family of ceramists, Clément Massier took an interest in the business from an early age. In 1884, after years of work, study, and travel, he relocated his share of the family firm to Golfe-Juan and began producing Hispano-Moresque-influenced pottery, with silver and copper oxide glazes made iridescence in a smoky kiln. Following the arrival Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer in 1887, Massier introduced fiery luster glazes enriched with etching and painting, applying them to forms ranging from hand-built individuality to slip-cast uniformity. He was soon in command of a busy factory and a showroom that boasted an elite international clientele. [Source: Jason Jacques]
French, 1845-1917, Vallauris, France, based in Golfe-Juan, France