Astier de Villatte

Colbert Small Mug

£96

Colbert Small Mug10cm (l) x 7cm (w) x 8.5cm (h)

£96

Colbert Large Mug10cm (h) x 10cm (d)

£108

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Astier de Villatte's take on 'white ceramics' is anything but simple. The rich design story of the Colbert mug begins in Paris, where artisans craft by hand using black terracotta clay sourced from the Paris Basin. A bright-white glaze is then applied, intentionally inconsistent for an imperfect finish.

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Meet the maker:

Astier de Villatte

Old friends Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte met at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, leading to the launch of Astier de Villatte in 1996. Since the beginning, they’ve been charmed with ideas of the imperfect, finding beauty in uneven glazes, dark pockmarks and subtle ripples. But these details only emphasise the craft tale behind each piece – stories that start with a single sheet of black terracotta clay extracted from Parisian quarries. They follow traditional Roman methods to bring each ‘dream object’ to life, shaping and inscribing each one with the potter’s initials and finishing with a high-shine white porcelain glaze.