Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier

In his studio located 3 kilometers from the village of Forcalquier, the ceramist Guillaume Common toils at an art that only a handful of specialists master around the world: crystalline glazes. A discipline that requires both art and science !
By Angélique Jurquet

When you visit Guillaume Common’s studio, close to Forcalquier, you pass from wonder to awe as you discover his unique ceramics, each presenting unusual motifs. Resembling by turns flowers, leaves, or even fans, these little explosions are in fact crystalline glazes, the result of the perfect chemical combination of titanium and nickel.

Throughout the world, there are only 30 people who master this technique, which consists of making the enamel of a piece of pottery crystallize, and each person has his own secret recipe. Guillaume Common is even more admirable as he is entirely self-taught! Winning an award in 1988 at the Salon des Artisans d'Arts or Master Craftsmen Fair in Paris, he had only taken a few classes at his local Maison de la Jeunesse et de la Culture (House of Youth and Culture) in Le Havre before launching into ceramics. The same year, he decided to move to Provence, to an old farmhouse that he entirely renovated and in which he set up his studio.

Comfortably established in his adopted land, it took four years of more or less conclusive research and tests but especially lots of investment to succeed in the art of crystalline glazes. His pieces sell for between 50 and 400 euros and are also exhibited in a gallery in Marseille.

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Atelier Guillaume Common
La Poterie, départementale 04100
04870 Saint-Michel-L'Observatoire
Galerie Bertrand Grossi
2, Edmond Rostand
13006 Marseille

Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier
Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier
Resembling by turns flowers, leaves, or even fans, these little explosions are in fact crystalline glaze.
Photography : Guillaume Common
Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier
Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier
Guillaume Common is even more admirable as he is entirely self-taught !
Photography : Guillaume Common

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