Christian Lacroixat poterie Ravel

In April 2015, Christian Lacroix was artist in residence at Poterie Ravel in Aubagne, during which time he designed a unique collection of ceramics: Mythologie.

He initially wanted to work with the workshops’ iconic forms, then on a number of other pieces specially designed and created in tandem with the potter, Thierry.

Lacroix experimented with different finishes and techniques, including matt and glossy enamel, incisions and layers, engobes, brushes and pipettes. He improvised and worked instinctively to rediscover traditional techniques and create his own cosmogony, a world of Mediterranean mythology that he cherishes, where the sun sets over the heroes and heroines of the Midi, while the moon glows alongside a host of benevolent stars.

« I’ve often said how my astrological Arles sky seems symbolic to me. Aries with Leo rising, Venus and the Sun, the earth and fire, clay and the kiln… Terracotta, pottery and ceramic therefore seem to be an intrinsic part of my genes. »