This vase, created by Clément Massier, has a rich aubergine color, mixed with gold and green lustre glaze. Directly under the neck, on the shoulder of the vase, are six half-rings, to be used for suspension. Massier was born into a family a ceramicists and, from an early age, took an interest in continuing the family business. After much study, he relocated to the French city of Vallauris and began producing Hispano-Moresque-influenced pottery; a style characterized by its copper and silver oxide glazes and iridescent color palettes. Moreover, the city of Vallauris became synonymous with the Massier name and continues to be known as “the city of Ceramics.” The style of pottery Massier predominantly crafted after 1887 was lustreware pottery, and was so named for the metallic glaze which gives it an effect of iridescence. By the end of his career, Massier was the head of a large and busy factory and showroom with international clientele.
Charla Hamilton, Class of 2015