ALEXANDER KOSTANDA - VALLAURIS.
A lovely heavily potted charger depicting sunflowers on a brown background
51 cm wide
Signed at the back
Alexander Kostanda is a ceramist born in 1924 in Poland .
Apprentice to Louis Giraud in Vallauris in 1936, he teaches ceramics in Biot. He settled in Cluny , Saône-et-Loire in 1942.
At the end of the war , he taught filming and pottery at the training center of Faïenceries Longchamps in Côte-d'Or . He will be the professor of the four founders of the Accolay workshops .
In 1949, he returned to Vallauris to take charge of Louis Giraud's studio.
Alexandre Kostanda founded his own studio in 1953 . He brought Cluny clay sandstone, which supports higher cooking temperatures, and mixing with the land of Vallauris.
He is one of the potters who organized in 1968 the Vallauris International Ceramics Biennial.
His production, sensual and plastic at its beginnings, evolves towards a more refined ceramic, with floral or abstract motifs. The sets are often painted by her mother Irene, former decorator "au Ripolin" at Giraud.
In Vallauris, in spite of the shimmering colors of the local ceramics, Alexandre Kostanda keeps a predilection for the deaf colors, close to the natural colors of the clay.
Its ceramic, rustic appearance, surprises with the finesse of its bill and the balance of its proportions, revealing the exceptional technical mastery of Kostanda.
Addressing an eclectic audience, Kostanda's ceramics cover different styles of tastes: from country-rustic lunches, without decoration, to vases, plates and dishes decorated with floral motifs, stylized characters or compositions inspired by Cubism. Some pitchers, in 'free form', defy any utilitarian use, and redefine themselves as sculptures and meditations on outdated functionali