New ceramics to Robert Plumb
We are thrilled to welcome Veronique Terreaux and the Long Courrier brand to Robert Plumb.
We were very taken with her aesthetic, the way she sources with care and produces a range of complementary shapes and tones which work both as a one-off piece and an entire dinner setting.
“Most of my collection is Chinese porcelain, made in the traditional way, and place, it’s been done for more than 1700 years,” says Veronique. Working with two small scale workshops she collaborates with young potters willing to combine a traditional skill with a contemporary approach.
Working with them has been a journey of discovery – learning about the process, understanding the qualities of the clay extracted from Jiangxi province and the alchemy of glazes.
“Porcelain making is a slow process and one needs to embrace the randomness of it – most of it is controlled, however there will always be factors like weather humidity, slight firing temperature variations and even the influence of other glazes put in the same kiln, which will affect the end result”, she says.
As the production of porcelain commands patience and humility she also looks to the buyer for understanding.
“They need to have an eye for handmade products, appreciate the little differences and even defects”, says Veronique.
It is important to her they are not only decorative items but have the ability to transform the experience of eating, drinking tea or coffee and sharing.
“With a bit of mindfulness, drinking tea in a handmade porcelain cup will certainly make one happier… it’s a little ‘every day’ luxury,” she says. Having said that it is also extremely serviceable and is designed to go in the dishwasher.
To enrich any table setting she has developed a linen range made from 100% French flax woven in Portugal and then hand dyed by an artisan here in Australia.
“Linen was an easy choice as it brings interesting texture in a range of colours which complements the porcelain range”. In addition there is a select range of
Tea Ceremony Linen, reflecting the long and slow process of preparing tea, and using traditional hand-dying processes to produce rich earthy tones. This is the result of an encounter with an artist who works with vintage fabrics and they can be used as a placemat, table runner or even placed as a base under a decorative object or sculpture.