Roger Capron

Roger Capron (1922 - 2006)

A major French ceramicist, Roger Capron is one of the first to settle in Vallauris, in the south of France. Shortly after, Vallauris becomes a hype places for ceramics, with the creation of Atelier Madoura and the frequent presence of Picasso.

Capron's desire to make ceramics popular prompted him to move towards serial production, his workshop comprising up to 120 people. Together with Picasso, he was certainly the one who changed the game, introducing color and geometry to the Vallauris ceramics. The success is there, international orders are pouring in. He participates in numerous international fairs and wins the gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1954.

At the end of his career, he returns to unique, more artisanal pieces and also turns towards large architectural pieces, for example to decorate the patio of the Byblos hotel in Saint Tropez.

His work is characterized by his mastery of ceramic relief, obtained using reserves of paraffin, like the famous chequer-pattern in reserve on white glaze which decorate his bottles.