Volcano
Volcano
Volcano

This unusual vase is undoubtedly one of Massier's most abstract creations. Its truncated conical form, streaked with luster glaze, resembles a lava-splashed volcano. The columns of diagonally impressed triangles suggest gashes and contribute to the drama of the design. Although completely without figural decoration, the vase evokes the power of a natural phenomenon. Marks: stamped and painted glaze artist's name, Golfe Juan, (AM)

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

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