Astier de Villatte

Sobre Vase

£142

Astier de Villatte’s old-world charm translates beautifully to its Sobre collection, including this vase. While it makes a wonderful home for fresh blooms, it doubles up as a poetic centrepiece for the table. It’s made using handcrafting techniques from the Middle Ages; black terracotta clay sourced from quarries in the Paris Basin is moulded and double-fired before it’s glazed in milky-white enamel. On the base, you’ll find an interlacing A and V alongside the faint mark of the one of the 40 master artisans who brought it to life.

Product number: 2212606089

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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.