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

Self-taught ceramist, Justine Lacoste has a degree in anthropology, which she says trained her to pay attention to the smallest details. Inspired by such things as the folds of pastry wrappers and the weaving of a tea towel, her pieces have a poetry about them that has enchanted us.

Photograph by Epure-Justine Lacoste, unless otherwise specified.

After working for a series of potters and mold makers, Lacoste set up her own workshop, Epure, in a century-old barn on a farm in Charente-Maritime, on the southwest coast of France, where she lives and works with her husband, Jean: & # 8
Above: After working for a series of potters and mold makers, Lacoste set up her own workshop, Epure, in a century-old barn on a farm in Charente-Maritime, on the southwest 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 it all: the ceramics, the photography, the website, the sales, the cooking and not sleeping. “
Porcelain items and molds - made from an old English milk bottle (see below) - on an old workbench widely used in the workshop.
Above: Porcelain articles and molds – made from an old English milk bottle (see below) – on an old workbench widely used in the workshop.
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Above: Lacoste creations are available directly from Epure.

Although the online store only updates every few months (stay tuned for new pieces in the fall), the couple take orders on demand and Lacoste posts their latest work on Instagram (@epurejustinelacoste ). Here, her signature Canelé collection of hand-crafted porcelain serving dishes, also available at the French online store Le Repére des Belettes. All are dishwasher and microwave safe.

The Canelé Light, € 0, in a mat or glossy finish, hangs from a twisted cord covered with fabric.
Above: The Canelé Light, € 180, matte or glossy finish, hangs from a twisted cord covered with fabric.
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Above: Lacoste’s bottle-shaped Point Vases, some with subtle gold details, are priced between € 27 and € 58.
Canelé cups, bowls and plates.  (Gray and black versions are available from Repére des Belettes.) Le Photograph via Le Repére des Belettes.
Above: Canelé cups, bowls and plates. (Gray and black versions are available from Repére des Belettes.) Le Photograph via Le Repére des Belettes.
Milk bottles for serving drinks or displaying flowers.  Photography via Le Repére des Belettes.
Above: Milk bottles for serving drinks or displaying flowers. Photography via Le Repére des Belettes.

We came across Lacoste’s work by chance, but it turns out it’s a small world: his neighbor Mathilde Labrouche de Pierre Coté makes painted porcelain plates, and his friends Isabelle Dubois-Dumee and Hubert Bettan run Les Petites. Shopping, a household items shop in a castle.

Go to Ceramics to see more of our favorites, including pottery by Janaki Larsen at Marche St. George in Vancouver and rustic Italian planters by Flo.

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