Varlan, Claude

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1974-ca. 2000

Claude Varlan is born in 1940. He visits the École des Métiers d’art in Paris, next he is working in various workshops, f.e. with André Normand in Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye, with Palley and with Coville. In 1974 he sets up his first own studio in Chaillac, together with Brigitte Pénicaud. Later a new studio is set up in Places (North in the Limousin). Since about 2000 he stopped. 

His vessels are always decorated with paint. In the beginning in a Japonistic style, later in all kind of decorations in an improvised style, always surprising. This decoration is both with engobes and glazes.  

Signature is a painted cross

  • Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé, Cinquante ans de céramique française (1955-2005). Une collection nationale, Paris, RMN, 2005, p. 161-187.
  • Thormann, Olaf, Gefäss / Skulptur - Vessel / Sculpture; Keramik / Ceramics seit / since 1946 Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig, 2013.
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Portrait circa 1987 (source La revue de la Céramique et du Verre Mai-Juin 1988); Portrait (source: facebook); vessel, approx. 1990, height 53 cm.