News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - FRENCH ART POTTERY - CERAMIQUES FRANCAISES
We have assembled a collection of French Art Pottery (Ceramiques Francaises), from the reduction glazed porcelain examples of Taxile Doat to the Barbotine Ceramiques Impressionniste designs of Albert Boue.
Biographies of French Art Ceramicists
PIERRE PACTON (DIT ABBE PACTON) (1856-1938)
A parish priest of the town of Arquian, who discovered stoneware after his meeting with Jean Carriès. He learned this technique from the potters of Saint-Armand-en-Puisaye. Although the approach of Pierre Pacton may have been considered to be unusual by the religious authorities and led to several reproofs, he was well understood by the local potters and artists of the group with whom he had excellent relations.
He installed a turning workshop in a disused pottery at "Noisette" in the village. Initially Jean Carriès and popular models influenced him, but the Japanese spirit inspired his later works, characterised by naturalism. He turned with artistry a number of small compact pieces, sometimes bilobated or misshapen, and several remarkable naturalistic jugs. Pierre Pacton produced little, did not sell, and was the only member of the group who never participated in exhibitions. He preferred to offer his creations to collectors who visited the small museum installed in his presbytery, where as an excellent connoisseur, he displayed works by Carriès side by side with excavated pieces and everyday stoneware objects from Puisaye.