Miglierina, Ceramist and Wood Turner
Terre et Bois)
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...).
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
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!