Tradition & innovation in Swiss Ceramics

During the 20th century, Switzerland had many very interesting ceramists and ceramic manufacturers. Around the Thun/Steffisburg region, pieces comparable to those by Max Lauger, Karlsruhe, were made. Around Geneva, with it's french culture and rich clientele, the workshops of Noverraz, Menelika and Bonifas produced important art nouveau and art deco ceramics. Nyon, Langenthal, Zurich and Schaffhausen had factories/workshops in
porcelain and pottery of high artistic quality.

In the 1950's, among the main ceramic artists there were: Mario Mascarin, Edouard Chapallaz, André Louis Freymond and Philippe Lambercy (see also the unique Freymond collection). Lambercy, Chapallaz and Jean-Claude de Crousaz continued their work till the late 20th century.

I hope this website will introduce swiss ceramists (known and unknown) to a larger international audience and that you feel the same pleasure as I, in discovering their work.

UP-TO-DATE
January 2021: Chinese and Japanese pieces added!
Chinese and japanese items will be added in the coming 2 months -
These pieces come from older collections and most were purchased before 1980. There will be also additional information about marks, styles and quality... more...
Discovery: René Ben Lisa (1926-1995)
Astonishing minimalist vases by René Ben-Lisa more...
Francis Crociani: discovery of a postcard from 1962
The postcard mentions the purchase of a potter's wheel   more...
Swiss Art Nouveau/Deco pottery from Steffisburg
Discover Thun and Steffisburg pottery   more...
Minimalist Ceramics by André Freymond
See also Exhibition André Freymond   more...
Edouard Chapallaz in the Switzerland Contemporary Section
Edouard Chapallaz was one of the most important ceramists in Europe of the 20th century, this is an opportunity to see a larger selection of his work online.
See also:
https://www.bilan.ch/opinions/etienne-dumont/ceramique_le_vaudois_edouard_chapallaz_est_mort_a_95_ans more...