My Favorites from The Salon: Art + Design
Bowl with rounded, rising sides and a short sloping neck, decorated with copper-oxide glaze. The simple, elegant form merges perfectly with its mottled jasper glaze, an outcome of firing in an oxygenated kiln atmosphere. This bowl demonstrates increasing simplification of form, along with total integration of form and glaze, that would increasingly occupy the ceramist in decades to come. Marks: Painted Decoeur, Impressed clover mark.
Émile Decoeur, who began his ceramics career in 1890 as an apprentice to Edmond Lachenal, began to exhibit under his own name in 1902. While his early work was in the organic, richly-sculpted style of Lachenal, as time passed his use of sculptural elements gradually diminished and he became interested in simple, well-balanced forms with rich flambé glazes. During the years 1907 and '08, he moved to a rural area and set up kilns that he would use for the rest of his career. He continued to refine his forms and calm his glazes until his finished pieces became remarkably pure. A palette of muted colors and carefully executed geometric patterns enhanced many of these subtle designs. [Source: Jason Jacques]