A little bit of serendipitous wandering in Paris last month found me visiting the church of St. Sulpice on the same day as a ceramic fair had overtaken the adjoining square. An overwhelming amount of work from potters all over France was on show, and at the centre of the show, to my delight, was an ingenious impromptu cafe. The premise of this construction was that each potter had contributed a number of vessels, sufficient in size to hold coffee or tea, which the passer-by (me) could choose to drink their drink from. I duly obliged, ordering a coffee and selecting a small white slip-cast cup. Here lay the ingeniousness of the cafe. The inevitable consequence of drinking from this unique cup, was that I formed a sort of bond with it, and, upon finishing my coffee, I had to buy it from the potter who had made it, and take it with me.
The Ceramiste who made my little cup is Aline Lafollie, who makes beautiful, minimal work out of her studio in Arras.
Her website: http://www.alinelafollie.fr/