Charles Voltz (1923-1997) moved to Vallauris France in 1950, where he had a studio for many years. His ceramics was in the typical exuberant mid-century Vallauris style with colourful and often highly textured or patterned glazes.
Vallauris is an area in the Cote d’Azur region of south eastern France and has a long history of Artistic and Ceramics traditions, but is was in the 1950s when Vallauris experienced a new golden age after Picasso went to live in and influence the Arts & Crafts of Vallauris in the late 1940s (and where he stayed until 1955)
Picasso, along with Roger Capron were significant contributors to the profile of Ceramics in Vallauris, together other names such as Roger Collet, Gilbert Portanier, Jean Derval and Charles Voltz.
The pottery in Vallauris during this period was created mainly for the tourist market, and to a smaller extent collectors.
I have come across the work of Charles Votlz a few times here in Australia, in the form of dinner sets or coffee sets. It is simply made with terracotta clay and a low fired glazes. The pieces I have had have either been gloss orange or a gloss red. This seems to have been typical of the type of ware that tourists would purchase from Voltz studio, captivated by the intensity of colour and Voltz striking modernist style.
Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Set. Photo Ray Garrod
Charle Voltz Vallauris, Coffee Pot, Originally with Lid. Photo Ray Garrod
Charles Voltz Signature, Photo Ray Garrod
Charles Voltz Vallauris , Sugar Bowl c Lid, Photo Ray Garrod
I have previously written about the T G Green Channel Islands series by Judith Onions and Martin Hunt c1968. This now quite rare series consisted of 5 very bold designs with completely different designs, and one of them was SARK – which I have only ever come across in person once previously. Each of the series was made in several colours – Honey, Grey, Blue, Green, Brown and Orange.
I recently found 2 Sark pieces picture below in the first 2 photographs – in the lovely honey and black colour. I love the deeply carved ridges on this design and the black banding which really sets the design off. Also quite beautiful is the finely textured chamotte style clay which shows through the semi transparent honey coloured glaze.
I had never seen this design in other colours until I was searching the web and found a Sark variation in grey on Etsy, also pictured below. The white banding detail on this version against the grey glaze makes for a really timeless yet contemporary design I think.
You can see my previous post on the Channel Islands series HERE
T G Green Sark , Photo Ray Garrod
T G Green Sark , Photo Ray Garrod
T G Green Sark – Image via Etsy Shop “Vetternwirtschaft”
Roy Midwinter (1922-1990) left the Midwinter Pottery in 1981 and moved to Federated Potteries in Stoke on Trent. (Midwinter Pottery was owned by Wedgwood post 1970 and closed in 1987).
While at Federated Potteries Roy designed a striking, but little known range of patterns including “Safari” (1986) pictured below, which echoed an increasing public interest in the designs of the 1950s.
Other designs by Roy Midwinter at Federated Potteries during this period were Calypso, Fireball and Tropicana – all with the nod to the 1950’s but having a much more 1980s or Memphis Style vibe to them I think.
Safari is by far my favourite.
Roy Midwinter Safari