Astier de Villatte

Tom Round Footed Bowl

£184

Since the industrial revolution, the ancient process that Astier de Villatte uses to create each piece – moulding, stamping and two-stage firing – has largely fallen by the wayside. This is just one of the reasons why the French ceramic house is so celebrated. This historical thread runs through each design, such as the Tom bowl on stand. Like a delicately iced cake, it has an uneven rusticity that sees darker pockmarks bleed through the white glaze. The result is a perfectly imperfect piece with delicate details and a surprisingly durable mass.

Product number: 2212602061

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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.