CERAMICS EXPERTISE PASSED DOWN
FROM FATHER TO SON
Francis, Gérard and Antoine Crociani are artisan potters spanning three generations. Gérard Crociani took over the workshop from his father eight years ago and works with his son Antoine. We spoke to Gérard to find out more.
Gérard Crociani has been an artisan potter in Vallauris since 1994. He inherited the “expertise of his father”, Francis Crociani. “However, my work is different. My father was an artist and only created unique decorative pieces. I took over his craft, but I have incorporated mass-production into my work.” More specifically, Gérard supplies crockery for restaurants. He works with Le Bistrot du Port at Golfe-Juan and with big names such as Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, Maya Bay in Monaco, and the restaurants of the Alain Ducasse group. A year ago he started a collaboration with La Môme Group establishments. He produces all their restaurant service tableware: serving dishes, plates and decorative items like jars.
A family affair
The production process is long. First there’s the design, then the selection of colors and finally the baking. “Allow to dry, bake, then bake again… This stage is magical because it’s always a surprise. You never know how it will turn out! ” He has passed down his passion to his son Antoine, who joined him in the workshop two years ago. And Antoine’s mother, Antoinette, manages the boutique in Vallauris, where all kinds of decorative pieces (e.g., vases, jars) and tableware (e.g., dishes, plates, salt cellars) created by father and son are sold.
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