Anduze vase were first made in the late 1600s by potters inspired by the elegance of the Italian Medici vase.
Initially typically only available only to the wealthy estate owners and planted with citrus trees, Anduze vases and planters of all shapes, sizes and colours can now be found inside and outside households and public spaces around the world.
The traditional range of Anduze vases is small, but The French Potter, Yannick Fourbet, has developed his own range based around the traditional shapes and colours. Each pot is fired to at least 1100 degrees Celsius and waterproofed to withstand the rigorous New Zealand environment. When the vase is dry a glaze or patina is applied and it is fired.
While the vases are well able to withstand the elements, they are also perfect for indoors, perhaps as planters but as anything else that takes a homeowner’s imagination. With a top applied, the pots become brilliant occasional tables or lampstands.
Bespoke design is The French Potter’s specialty and he’s ready and willing to offer his skills, creative eye, experience and imagination to create a vase to enhance your space.
The French Potter will deliver across New Zealand and around the world.
What is the rope-coiled technique?
An ancient technique that dates back to the Neolithic period, the rope-coiled technique gives The French Potter eons of flexibility and adaptability.
While most Anduze vases are made with a mould, the rope-coiled technique sees Yannick build a wooden structure around a vertical axis in the shape and size the customer wants.
He then coils rope around the wooden skeleton and hand-throws clay over the rope, before smoothing it.
To customise it, Yannick then stamps or engraves a customer’s emblem, logo or chosen motif. Then he adds other decorations – such as a face or garland – made from moulds and applied wet so Yannick can re-sculpt them, giving each pot a unique look.
When the pot is dry, it’s fired. A liquid glaze is then poured over the cooled pot before a second firing to fix the coloured coating.