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Exploring the Work of Bernard Palissy

Investigate the process and finished work of Bernard Palissy.

The famed 16th century ceramic artist Bernard Palissy made enormous platters covered with wildlife and foliage. Palissy made casts directly from his environment and formed them into plates and bowls that were used in the French court. In this camp we will create platters inspired by Palissy’s work, making plaster molds from clay wildlife and attaching them to our pieces in creative ways. All platters will be fired and glazed; work will be available for pick-up two weeks after camp ends.

Fiona Davis, Ceramics Director, was born and educated in the UK, where she studied early childhood education and development. She immigrated to the United States with her husband and moved to Vermont in 1988. Fiona first took pottery with Jenny Swanson and worked with her at the League of NH Craftsmen and later at Dartmouth College’s Ceramic Workshops. Fiona was apprenticed to Miranda Thomas at her workshop in Quechee and followed her to Bridgewater, VT, where she worked alongside Ara Cardew. During this time she taught at the ArtPost, started by Caroline Bardos. Fiona came to ArtisTree in 2012 to begin the ceramics program and to help provide outreach opportunities to different communities within the Upper Valley.


Image credit: Bernard Palissy, CC BY 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons