"Making tea ustensils for you, is my job!"

I devote my work to the world of tea.

I explore it through my daily practice, so that the experience is transformed into concrete and useful qualities for the utensils.

 

I make craft teapots, earthen kettles, tea boats, tea jars, tea bowls ... with a sense of detail and a pleasure in precision, so that you can fully enjoy your "tea moments".

 

The journey has been wonderful, both on a human and professional level. The road ahead is long, but inspiring, full of promise and mystery. I am grateful to life and to those who trust me.

With all my enthusiasm.

 



The clay used for my handcrafted teapots

Treigny Stoneware teapot

Théière artisanale en terre de Treigny

This natural clay comes from Burgundy.

It is relatively hard (2.5% porosity) and tends to slightly round the flavours of the tea.

 

The Treigny sandstone contains 3.33% iron oxide, which is why, once fired, the clay take on this brown hue.

Moutiers stoneware teapot

 Théière en terre de Moutier

The clay from Moutiers is natural, and rich in yellow ochre. Its composition makes it a dense material (0.2% porosity).

 

It is particularly interesting when used for small teapots, because its toughness highlights details of the tea.

GECH Teapot

Théière artisanale en terre GECH

This is a very soft stoneware reconstruction (6.5% porosity). This gives the teapots an important memory capacity. This clay will tend to amplify the roundness of some teas.

It is composed of : iron 4.65% and titanium 1.42%.

 

When fired, this clay takes on a red hue and a slightly rough appearance



Baillet clay

 This is a clay known for its resistance to thermal shocks. It has been manufactured in the center of France for over a 100 years.

 

 This material is mainly used by glassmakers, in the manufacture of melting pots. I use it for the braziers.


Fire stoneware "120.7"

Bouilloire en terre à feu

I use this clay to make kettles.

Its low iron content, its toughness and its thermal capacities make it a perfect material for heating water for tea.


St Amand stoneware teapot

 The stoneware of St Amand is a natural clay produced in the region of "Puisaye", in Burgundy.

 

This clay is relatively dense: (0.9% porosity.)

Once fired, it takes a grey appearance, close to a type of pebble that can be found on the beaches of Normandy.



My glazes

Yunomi, bols à thé émaillés

Researching glaze is an important part of my work.

 

Although raw clay is used in interesting ways for teapots, but for yunomi and tea bowls, it's a different story.

Glaze is a great part of the intention and character I want to give to a piece.

 

I am looking for the most natural and lively results possible.

 

Each glaze is the result of specific research.

Each year, I undergo training to continue to progress in this area.

 



The firing

In ceramics, the firing method greatly influences the rendering of the finished pieces.

 

Just like shaping or enameling, firing is a method in itself, which requires experience in "taming" the fire.

 

For me, I take advantage of each firing process, in order to try and understand what is happening in the kiln, to deepen my knowledge in this area and continue my research.

 

I use a gas kiln, and fire in reducing atmosphere. This means that from 950°c, I will reduce the presence of oxygen in the kiln. This phenomenon means that the oxygen needed for the fire is found in the clay itself.

From this process, I achieve a more alive, less uniform rendering on pieces. Glazes will look different from one room to another, and the clay will have a more pronounced character.

 

Cuisson de théières artisanales en terre brute ou émaillées

Différence d'atmosphère de cuisson pour des théières fabriquées dans une même terre.

On the left, a teapot fired in an oxidizing atmosphere, and on the right, a teapot fired in a reducing atmosphere.

 

This is the same clay!