Gorgeous Ceramics by Artisans at Atelier Romain Bernex
In 1998, Marie Pierre and Cyrille Huyghues Despointes started Atelier Romain Bernex. They had a common vision to open their ceramics studio. The slightly crazy concept was triggered one spring evening by the light of a glowing ceramic kiln. Marie Pierre and Cyrille brought to the project passion for creation from their backgrounds in the design and manufacture of furniture.
Today Atelier Romain Bernex with a staff of four sells 80% of their production to boutiques, hotels and specialty stores in France. They also export from their catalogue of 60 different patterns to many countries in Europe and around the world.
The initial concept was to use external creative (designers and artists), but quickly they began to prefer their designs and refined the production techniques. Marie Pierre and Cyrille both craft the pottery. Cyrille tells me that the creations reflect the natural Provençal landscape.
Initially, the inspirations for Atelier Romain Bernex pottery were of Mediterranean in origin (antiquity, North Africa, Provence and southwest France). Gradually more influences came from Chinese ceramics. The key drivers for their designs are relaxation, simplicity and practicality.
The vibrant finished colours of Atelier Romain Bernex pottery are essentially the brand’s signatures. Cyrille described enamelling as the “highlight” of their workshop. The colour development is spurred by a wistful thought and is often linked to nature, landscapes, minerals and plant life. To achieve a deep, unmatched brilliance of Atelier Romain Bernex glazes the team uses transparent and coloured enamels from specialty artisan workshops. They use a spray technique that is demanding and infrequently used by other ceramics producers. These high-sheen enamels are the “autograph” of their workshop. There are nine colours creating a rainbow of 540+ options from the products line.
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300 Traverse de la Vallée
13400 Aubagne, France
Tel : 33 (0)4 42 04 79 89
10h00 – 12h00 and 14h30 – 18h00 Tuesday to Saturday
Image credits: All images were provided by and published with permission of Atelier Romain Bernex