Making Ceramics in France

One day, I was missing all the paint tools that I had left back in Canada and was itching to do something creative. So I went looking for a new activity in Montpellier. Since there are tons of art stores in the south of France that offer workshops, I convinced Marc to try one with me. We ended up choosing a ceramic workshop at Atelier Keramon, owned by a very sweet lady located in the heart of Montpellier.

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The workshop is made up of three sessions.

In the first session, we created the rough shapes. I started making cups using a mold; while Marc, being a free spirit, went free-style on a water jug amongst other things. In the second and third sessions, we perfected the shapes by smoothing out the surfaces then added paint.

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The studio owner, Frédérique, instructed Marc to slap the clay thoroughly. He had too much fun.

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Getting our hands dirty!

After varnishing and baking, we finally finished! I loved how Marc’s ceramics turned out, especially the dark brown clay – rough and jagged with lots of character. My favourite is his smiling elephant.

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Mine ended up being a set of dinnerware – all that’s missing is cutlery haha! I painted lots of details with an ocean theme in mind.

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This was so much fun! Not only is it a creative activity to do with your partner, making ceramics takes a different kind of focus where your mind and hands move together. I especially loved the atmosphere of the studio. Everyone concentrated on their own work but we still talked and laughed – tout en français! We even made a fellow Canadian friend.

On the way home, I wondered how many adults once loved playing with sand and Play-Doh but stopped creating with their hands because, well, they had grown up. I smiled as I thought back to a conversation I had with the eight-year-old son of our French friends: C’est bien pour les adultes de jouer de temps en temps – play time is also good for grown-ups too 🙂

Thanks for reading et à la prochaine!

Have you ever done a ceramics workshop? Did you like it? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

xo

Mary

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