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 Stéphane Miglierina, Ceramist and Wood Turner
(Atelier Terre et Bois)

 
   

Background
During my first year of university in foreign languages, after having studied business, I (re)discovered clay modelling, after a break of 24 years (I was eight years old at day camp!). Taken with this passion, I quickly put an end to my studies and immersed myself in this enchanting world. This was followed by a meeting with a potter in the Dordogne and the discovery of wheel throwing. So I decided to take this path and found myself, the following year, at the School of Ceramics de Provence in Aubagne, in order to work on a vocational training certificate (CAP) in ceramic wheel throwing, as a work-study program. The "Blue Clay" studio in Vallauris, whose utilitarian production is wheel thrown, allowed me to do this apprenticeship and to acquire my first experience in wheel throwing.
During that year, I begin to blend ceramics with other materials. The idea of a combination of ceramics and turned wood began to form.
Having achieved my vocational training certificate (CAP), I decided to take training in woodturning in Saône et Loire. The few courses during this training would allow me to be in close contact with the woodturning environment and to create my first works of ceramic and wood.
The desire to create my studio came quickly, and in 2005, I opened Atelier Terre et Bois (Clay and Wood Studio) in Monpazier, in the Dordogne. A shop-studio open to the public all year round (or almost...).

 
    
Activities
They are mainly oriented towards the creation of utilitarian and / or decorative objects, combining ceramic and wood. My production is presented in my shop in Monpazier, at some potters’ markets in France and in a few galleries. I also make custom pieces.
 
 
   

Philosophy
To create is to resist.
For this, I design, invent, beat a clay grog, turn it, turn it some more, fire it, glaze it, fire it again and take it from the kiln at 950 degrees. The Raku firing technique that I practice was developed in 16th century Japan. It produces a timeless ceramic of character. It fascinates me with its development and by the energy that is released.

The enamel’s black cracks and rough smoky parts contrast sharply with the softness and warmth of the turned wood. This wood, mainly walnut, which I chose for its beauty and great presence in the Perigord, has already proven its worth.
My goal in assembling these different components, is to create harmonious pieces with clean, refined lines, so that the whole is unified. The rarity of this mixture intrigues and appeals to an emotional public in search of original creations, innovations and traditions. That is one aspect of this job that I greatly enjoy. So, be curious, visit our studios!

 
   

Stéphane Migliérina
Ceramist and Wood Turner

Atelier Terre et Bois, Foirail Sud
24 540 Monpazier
France
Tel. +33 (0)6 83 47 98 81
Website :
www.atelier-terrebois.fr
Email : miglistef@yahoo.fr

"L’Atelier Terre et Bois" is open daily from 10am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 7pm of April to October.
Closed Mondays from November to March
Annual closing: January

 
    

English spoken

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