Roger Capron


Roger Capron I Vintage designer

Roger Capron (1922-2006) was initially interested in drawing, and studied at the l’École des Arts Appliqués in Paris from 1938 to 1943 before he began to teach drawing in 1945. His discovery of ceramic led him to change his choice of medium and in 1946 he moved to Vallauris, in South of France, where he created a pottery studio, « Atelier Callis ». In doing so, he joined forces with Robert Picault and Jean Derval in 1948, thus participating in the renaissance of ceramics in Vallauris (like Picasso) where they put the motto of his master René Gabriel into practice, « make beauty reachable to everyone». In 1952 Capron bought a disused earthenware in Vallauris (an old factory of culinary pottery in Font des Horts) which became the « Atelier Capron », a small factory counting fifty workers. He conceived as a pioneer a semi-industrial production for his ceramics which were at this time most of all objects for gift shops as well as decorative panels, then from 1955 onwards, they began to produce more famous tiles and tables with geometrical compositions. Atelier Capron then answered numerous orders and collaborations till 1982. In the early 1990s, Capron still settled in Vallauris began another ceramic work, abandoning serial productions for unic pieces and after that real...