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Claude Champy
Contemporary French Potter

TeapotClaude Champy, who lives in Plaisir, 25 kms west of Paris, is a potter working in the best of French ceramic traditions. His woodfired works may look very organic to the degree of being sculptural, but most are fully functional vessles, pots, urns, platters and vases, although Champy also makes some non-functional work.

His asymmetrical pots exude a looseness typical of the French aesthetic, also typified through the work of collegues such as Hervé Rousseau, Jean-Pierre Viot, Jean-François Fouilloux and others. This organic approach to ceramic form stands in stark contrast to the style predominant in France's geographic neighbor Germany.

Today, Claude Champy continues to represent the French ceramic tradition from his studio in Plaisir.

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