Made in a Barn in France: Justine Lacoste’s Poetic White Porcelain

A self-taught ceramic artist, Justine Lacoste has a degree in anthropology, which, she says, trained her to pay attention to the tiniest details. Inspired by things such as pastry wrapper folds and the weave of a dish towel, her pieces have a poetry about them that has us enchanted.

Photography by Epure-Justine Lacoste, unless otherwise noted.

Above: After working for a series of potters and mold makers, Lacoste established her own studio, Epure, in a centuries-old barn on a farm in Charente-Maritime, on the southwestern coast of France, where she lives and works with her husband, Jean: “I focus on the creative side and Jean on the production. We do everything: the ceramics, photography, website, selling, cooking, and not sleeping.”
Above: Porcelain wares and molds–made from an old English milk bottle (see below)–on a much-used old workbench in the studio.
Above: Lacoste’s designs are available directly from Epure.

Though the online shop only gets updated every few months (stay tuned for new pieces in the fall), the couple take orders on request and Lacoste posts her latest work on Instagram (@epurejustinelacoste). Shown here, her signature Canelé collection of hand-shaped porcelain serving dishes, which are also available from French online shop Le Repére des Belettes. All are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Above: The Canelé Light, €180, in a matte or glazed finish, hangs from a cloth-covered twisted cord.
Above: Lacoste’s bottle-shaped Point Vases, some with subtle gold detailing, are priced from €27 to €58.
Above: Canelé cups, bowls, and plates. (Versions in gray and black are available fromLe Repére des Belettes.) Le Photograph via Le Repére des Belettes.
Above: Milk Bottles for serving drinks or displaying flowers. Photograph via Le Repére des Belettes.

We found Lacoste’s work by chance, but it turns out it’s a small world: Her neighbor Mathilde Labrouche of Pierre Coté makes Painterly Porcelain Plates, and her friends Isabelle Dubois-Dumee and Hubert Bettan run Les Petites Emplettes, A Housewares Shop in a Chateau.

Go to Ceramics to see more of our favorites, including Janaki Larsen’s Pottery at Le Marche St. George in Vancouver and Rustic Italian Planters by Flo.

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