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Florence Pénault

Florence Pénault

discovered the pleasure to work with clay in 2004 when she moved from France to a small town in Connecticut,  USA. It was love at first touch. Gradually at first, but then with total commitment, she became an avid potter. When she moved to Boston in 2007 she was trained there by Darrell Finnegan, a Boston ceramicist, and at the Harvard Ceramic Program. She learned also the techniques through different workshops with ceramicists in Paris.

Inspired by the philosophy and works of William Morris who quoted that The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. ... Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”, and of Soetsu Yanagi, author with Bernard Leach of the book An Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty, she decided to create only functional pieces, light and simple, that people could use and appreciate in their everyday life.

Her ceramics are thrown for the most part and high-fired in either gas or electric kilns and therefore each piece is unique and shows some perfect imperfections .

Currently based in Boston, she keeps one foot in France and another in Connecticut.


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