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French Ceramics on the Table: Pinterest Inspirations

Rustic French ceramics invoke a country chic like none other. C’est magnifique, n’est-ce pas? I recently went on a Pinterest binge, pinning all sorts of French country tables, decorating and centerpiece ideas for special occasion, and everyday stylish French living.

French country dining room

Of course, I love supporting French ceramic artists from the prolific Richard Esteban and Poterie Ravel to the unique pieces of Sylvie Durez and Patrice Voelkel. With so many wonderful ceramics, it makes lots of sense that many French country-inspired designs feature open shelving to display pieces when not in use. This blue and white dining room is particularly striking, don’t you think?

French country blue and white dining roomFrench ceramics in country kitchen

French ceramics also mean whimsy. Take Richard’s polka dot dishes – no matter the weather outside, these polka dot bowls, mugs, plates, and pitchers are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. The bright colors also enliven the creams, whites, and medium browns of many French country color schemes.

polka dot dishes
French country colors

 For centerpiece ideas, a flower arrangement is classic French country. Use a pitcher vase or metal bucket for a more rustic touch.French country tableteal pitcher vase


And then there are French chickens and roosters, a perpetual favorite. This blue and white rooster has true vintage flair. I can see similar designs working well as wall art or even place mats.

French rooster The key to French country is accessible, beautiful tablewear and a homey, rustic vibe. The open storage for dining areas and kitchens alike allows the perfect combination of function and decoration. What are some of your favorite French country decorating inspirations? Leave a link below or check out our inspiring home decor and France boards on PInterest for even more ideas.

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Poterie Ravel

Most famous for their terracotta pots, Poterie Ravel sells to luxury hotels and restaurants throughout France and around the world. However, they also excel in hand-crafted pitchers, vases, platters, and bowls, sold exclusively from their studio in Aubagne.

Founded in 1837, Poterie Ravel is a 5th generation family-run business. Now owned and run by two friendly sisters, the company remains focused on their tradition of high quality craftsmanship. Each piece is stamped with the Poterie Ravel logo and the initials of the individual artist who made it.

I visited Poterie Ravel for the first time in the spring of 2007 and was impressed by their incredible range of ceramics. The showroom is spacious and the workshop bustling. Whether it’s large pots or small bowls, each piece shows a dedication to detail and the perfect balance of a traditional and modern charm.

On my most recent trip to France I really enjoyed talking with co-owner Marion (who speaks perfect English) and attempting to communicate with a few women working in the showroom that day. I am thrilled to finally add Poterie Ravel’s beautiful work to the Emilia Ceramics collection and expect to add much more in the future.

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