Q: What was the genesis of your eponymous porcelain line?
A: It was by chance! When I was young, I wanted to go to Les Beaux Arts, but my parents didn’t want me to become an artist so I went to business school!
After business school, I then did what I loved: studying art history at the École du Louvre, and in the mean time I started painting on porcelain with friends for fun. I always loved to paint, since my childhood. I used to paint in ateliers and all my notebooks at school were covered with drawings.
I quickly organized with some friends a few private sales because I couldn’t stock my production everywhere in my house! It became quite a big success as my style and patterns were very different from any thing else. They were very colorful which was a new concept at this time, and this was 25 years ago! I continued to create more pieces and started to sell to shops, and my first big order was for Barneys in NYC!
I had the great privilege to learn a lot about porcelain with an older craftsman who adopted me as his “daughter in painting.” He showed me all the painting secrets – how to use the colors, how to use the brush to fire the pieces and to use gold. He taught me patience, and I discovered with him the exciting moment when you open the large oven and discover the pieces. It’s like Christmas every time!
Q: What attracted you to the art of porcelain?
A: I fell in love with Limoges and this marvelous tradition. I love the fact that it brings beauty to a table as each important event in life brings you generally around the table! It is part of the feast.
Q: What inspires you as you begin to conceptualize a new collection?
A: I always have my little Moleskin with me so I can make sketches every time I see a motif or a color combination I love. Inspiration can come from everywhere: fabrics, exhibitions, a dress, architecture, and a lot from nature. In nature there is never bad taste, and nature can be so creative and combine the most amazing colors and always remains beautiful.