My friend, Pauline, will be on holiday in Paris this year and I told her I’d do a little field work to help her do some planning in advance. She is artist-in-residence at the Port Moody Arts Centre, where I am involved with the Open studio she oversees. She’ll be staying with relatives and will be visited by Canadian friends living in Paris and London. It will be such a memorable trip for Pauline and her husband. While there, she wanted to check out the local ceramics scene. I found quite a bit…shops, workshops, architectural detail, districts, and a restaurant. They sound promising!
Le Petit Atelier de Paris, 31 Rue de Montmorency, Thurs.-Sat. from 12h – 20h, Telephone: 0 (0 33) 1 44 54 91 40 (not far from Centre Georges Pompidou. This is a boutique with a workshop inside. To see their blog, click here.
From Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums, this one about Parisian ceramics… “rue de Paradis in the 10eme. Baccarat Museum and showroom (free, you have to see it), lots of porcelain, BUT there are small shops up and down the street with stoneware and ceramic – not artisan stuff by a long shot. In the Viaduct des Artistes is a ceramic painting studio, beautiful hand-painted stuff. The Louvre Antiquaires has many dealers with ceramics; ditto Village of St Paul. At 34, ave du Wagram is the ceramic hotel – its façade is decorated in gorgeous ceramic tiles; in the 16eme are many art nouveau buildings decorated in ceramics.”
Continued posts: “Every time I go to Paris, I buy at least one piece of Provencal pottery at Le Maison Ivre (38 Rue Jacob, near the church of Ste Germaine) — this is a small shop with an incredibly beautiful selection. Of course, if you can get down to Provence yourself, the pottery is much cheaper. My daughter and I have gone wild at “Terre e Provence” which has branches in Avignon (26 Rue de las Republique) and St Remy — and in other locations — their pottery is gorgeous and the prices are about 1/3 of what you would pay in the States. “
Uncertain of links for this shop but the area sounds promising: “There is a tiny street near the place de la Bastille called Cour Damoye where several local artisans have their shops. The ceramic shop is called CeraMika or CeraMiki… they have very nice ceramics and sometimes as you pass the store you can watch the artist at work.
“While in Paris one should go to the restaurant “Michel Roustang” to view their beautiful art deco collection of ceramics that include objects such as a powder jar, tobacco pouch, soldiers from around the world, cheese board…it’s a win-win situation..the seasonal menu is yummy and the evening will stay in your memory forever.”
Patricia Vieljeux, 21 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, métro Voltaire ou Charonne, du 10 juillet au 19 septembre 2010
de 15 h à 19 h., tél. 01 46 59 04 10, gsm 06 62 37 54 65. Both intriguing and lovely hand-built pieces and wheel-thrown pieces. Great textures…
Then of course, we have the museums of Paris…