Pascal, October 2016
The workshop is not just a place of commemoration. This space celebrates Pierre’s memory, but above all it aims to let it live on and be a shining light. Pierre used to say to his collaborators that the earth had a memory. When you mould a piece, any pressure, any release is done delicately but without hesitation. Any sudden movement is a shock. Any carelessness is echoed in the earth. You can’t afford to make a mistake, because the firing exposes the slightest defects. Our gestures as artisans are simple, repetitive, but always different. The first firing is done at 900° C. It is called the ‘biscuit’. Then the enamel is applied. If there is a creative side to pottery, this is when it happens. This second firing is delicate. Pierre encouraged us to simply guide the nuances.