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 Alexandra and Jean-François César-Vilpoux, Potters and Ceramists


Alexandra’s Background
I first discovered clay in Paris with Michèle Fischer, a ceramicist. In 1995, after a year of evening classes, I began studying within the context of a CIF programme (time off work for independent training) at CNIFOP (National Training Centre of Ceramics) at Saint-Armand en Puisaye (58) before spending two years with Gérald Pott, a potter in Arnay le Duc (21) doing further training courses with the SEMA (National Institute of Artistic Professions).
En 1999, I set up as an artisanal potter / ceramicist in the Essone. In 2010, I moved my workshop to Soulaures and since that time we have worked together as a couple.

Jean-François’ Background

I discovered ceramics as a leisure activity while I was on parental leave. I could feel a tactile emotion developing on my very first contact with clay, a relationship forming with the raw material. Further to meeting Alexandra who was already an Artisan, I started creating stoneware objects..


Activities and Philosophy
We work mainly with ceramic stoneware and porcelain to create utilitarian objects: plates, jugs, bowls, cups etc. and plant-related objects such as hanging baskets. Pieces are either thrown on the wheel by Alexandra or made using the slab method by Jean-François. We produce the enamels ourselves in the workshop.

Fire, a fascinating element is intrinsically linked to Earth; firing is therefore an important process for a potter.


Introductory Courses
Information, rates and enrolment +33 (0)5 53 24 03 52

 Alexandra and Jean-François César-Vilpoux,
Potters and ceramists

“La Salamandre” Pottery
24 rue Saint Jacques
24540 Monpazier
Tel : +33 (0)5 53 24 03 52
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Workshop / exhibit open every day from June to September 10a.m. to noon and 2p.m. to 7p.m.
July and August from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Open during the off-season but it is best to call before coming by.

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