12 / 07 / 2014
If you were one of the many people to go to our Indicrafts exhibition, you probably noticed the beautiful collection of colourful ceramics on display. This was the work of Pierre Buisson, who is based in his family-owned ceramics studio in Apt (Lubéron). The studio was originally founded by Françoise Buisson-Kessler at the end of the 1980’s.
I asked Pierre a few questions to find out a bit more about him and his fascinating job.
Hi Pierre. Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Pierre Buisson. I live in the Lubéron and work at the ceramics studio my parents founded thirty years ago. As we are a small company, my job involves doing everything it takes to ensure the smooth running of the studio. 80% of my time is spent producing ceramics. The rest of my time is spent on other things like ordering in the raw materials or designing window displays for our shops.
How did you become a ceramist?
I studied sociology and then management, without really knowing what I wanted to do. And then when I came back from a trip to Australia, my parents gave me a job at the studio for a couple of weeks. It was then that I realised what I wanted to do.
What is your relationship with Sessùn?
I met Emma through some very close friends who live in Lourmarin. We soon became very good friends too. Through her I discovered the world of Sessùn. What a great image of women she has and what beautiful designs.
How would you describe your work and your designs?
Our designs are primarily everyday objects and mostly crockery. Everything we do is undeniably colourful and jolly. We use a palette of about 30 different colours that we try and blend together coherently.
How do you work? Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
Our ceramics are generally quite simple shapes that are designed to be practical. They are relatively fine; this is for aesthetic reasons but also to make them nice and light.
I design the motifs depending on what I feel like. I take inspiration from all sorts of things (20th century paintings, textiles, fashion…).
It’s often when I come back from trip abroad or an exhibition that has really inspired me that I am the most creative.
Which are your favorite pieces and why?
I think it would have to be the pieces I made for Sessùn. Particularly, the series of large “bottle” vases.
I also really like the coffee tables we design using enameled lava stone.
Describe your typical day. What does your studio look like?
My day begins at 8am and I work right through till 6pm, without a break. But we’re so lucky to be in the countryside, in a light-filled studio with an amazing view of the Lubéron… it’s a hard life!!!
What did you want to be when you were little?
Every week I wanted to be something different, I wanted to be the weirdest things!
One final question, what projects do you have planned?
I’ve been working for quite a while on an idea for a series of ceramic lights …maybe that could be something for 2015…