ISSUE 28  |  Bastille Week

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

July 16, 2015 3:00 PM

BY Margot Guralnick

A self-taught ceramic artist, Justine Lacoste has a degree in anthropology, which, she says, trained her to pay attention to the tiniest details. Inspired by things such as pastry wrapper folds and the weave of a dish towel, her pieces have a poetry about them that has us enchanted. 

Photography by Epure-Justine Lacoste, unless otherwise noted.

Above: Did someone say idyllic? After working for a series of potters and mold makers, Lacoste established her own studio, Epure, in a centuries-old barn on a farm in Charente-Maritime, on the southwestern 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 everything: the ceramics, photography, website, selling, cooking, and not sleeping.”

Above: Porcelain wares and molds–made from an old English milk bottle (see below)–on a much-used old workbench in the studio. 

Above: Lacoste’s designs are available directly from Epure. Though the online shop only gets updated every few months (stay tuned for new pieces in September), the couple takes orders on request and Lacoste posts her latest work on Instagram (@epurejustinelacoste). Shown here, her signature Canelé collection of hand-shaped porcelain serving dishes, which are also available from French online shop Le Repére des Belettes, starting at €12.50 ($13.66) for a Mini Starry Pot. All are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Above: The Canelé Light, €155 ($169.41), in a matte or glazed finish, hangs from a cloth-covered twisted cord.

Above: Porcelain serving boards in an array of impressed patterns are ideal for hanging.

Above: Lacoste’s bottle-shaped Point Vases, some with subtle gold detailing, are priced from €23 to €37 ($25.14 to $40.44).

Above: Canelé Bowls (L) are available on request from Epure, and Star Plates (R) are in stock at Le Repére des Belettes, starting at €27.50 ($30). Photograph via Le Repére des Belettes.

Above: Handmade Limoges porcelain Plats Trame Lin are textured with old linen, €38 ($41.53) and €45 ($49.18). 

Above: Milk Bottles for serving drinks or displaying flowers are €26 ($28.42) each. Photograph via Le Repére des Belettes.

We found Lacoste’s work by chance, but it turns out it’s a small world: Her neighbor Mathilde Labrouche of Pierre Coté makes Painterly Porcelain Plates, and her friends Isabelle Dubois-Dumee and Hubert Bettan run Les Petites Emplettes, A Housewares Shop in a Chateau

Go to Ceramics to see more of our favorites, including Janaki Larsen’s Pottery at Le Marche St. George in Vancouver and Rustic Italian Planters by Flí².