Flight of the Bumblebee, a Parisian Celebration by

Issue 50 · Saint Lucia · December 12, 2012

Flight of the Bumblebee, a Parisian Celebration

Issue 50 · Saint Lucia · December 12, 2012

Ceramicist Cécile Daladier recently introduced her winter collection of ceramics with an opening party at her Paris studio. The collection, composed of pieces shaped like alveoli in a beehive, inspired the theme: waffles and honey.

"It was like a brunch, like tea time all day," says Lucile Demory, a friend who also works with Daladier. Beginning at 11 am on a sunny morning, Demory and Daladier served waffles, pain de mie, a massive brioche, tea, and coffee, and ten different varieties of honey. Both the honey and the decor came from a remote mountain in Drôme, the location of Daladier's second home and studio, from two women (one with a flock of merino sheep and the other with overflowing beehives). Read on for details of the winter party, alveolus collection, and Cécile's waffle recipe.

Daladier and a group of guests dive in

Above: Daladier and a group of guests home in.

Raku ceramics mix with wooden trays on a bed of raw gray wool

Above: Raku ceramics mix with wooden trays on a bed of raw gray wool.

Throughout the day, forty guests meandered through the studio meeting one another, eating waffles, and admiring the new collection

Above: Throughout the day, the guests meandered through the studio meeting one another, eating waffles, and admiring the new collection.

Cecile Daladier's ceramic studio in Paris

Above: Daladier's neighbor in Drôme, the one with the flock of merino sheep, provided her with a raw gray wool to cover the studio table (it's the same material Daladier uses to pack her ceramics for shipping).

Dark burgundy hydrangea is mixed with a selection from the garden in the Violettier vase

Above: Dark burgundy hydrangea is mixed with a selection from the garden in the Violettier vase.

Honey varieties: Lavender, Chestnut, Apple, Thyme, Heather, Fig, and Mielandre Fleur

Above: Honey varieties: Lavender, Chestnut, Apple, Thyme, Heather, Fig, and Mielandre Fleur (the later from Montagne de Mielandre, Daladier's hometown).

A plate of pain de mie and honey served on wooden trays

Above: A plate of brioche and honey served on wood and ceramic trays.

Cecile Daladier smiling and talking with a guest

Above: Daladier, clad in a pinkish-beige cardigan, smiling and chatting with a party guest.

Cecile Daladier's dinner guests

Above: Guests sipping tea and coffee from ceramic cups.

Alveolus-shaped ceramics displayed on the studio's ledge

Above: Alveolus-shaped ceramics displayed on the studio's ledge.

A medium-sized vase with a mix of narcissus, fennel, parsley, and white cyclamen

Above: A medium-size vase with a mix of narcissus, fennel, parsley, and white cyclamen.

A friend admires the large Violettiers vase

Above: A friend admires the large Violettiers vase.

Slightly curved Raku ceramic dishes served as plates during the party

Above: Slightly curved Raku ceramic dishes served as plates during the party.

Waffles at Cecile Daladier Parisian studio

Cécile's gaufre recipe (in metric measurements):

  • 1 kg flour
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cube of fresh yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100 grams melted butter
  • 1 liter milk

Melt the yeast with a spoon of sugar in a bowl of lukewarm water and wait for it to foam. Warm up the milk just a bit and add the melted butter. Place the flour in a large bowl ("a really big one, as it will rise a lot"), and slowly mix in the eggs, milk, salt, and butter. Finally, add the yeast and mix well; cover and let sit for about four hours. Then you're ready to press the waffles as desired.

N.B.: For more from Daladier, see her spring party from last year in Steal This Look: Parisian Oyster Party and her ceramics in Flower Arranging a la Parisienne.



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