Madeleine Martin Céramique


Madeleine Martin Céramique

Le Pré Saint Gervais, FRANCE

“The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty, never.” Paul Gauguin

This quote says that beauty (as is ugliness) is something powerful, durable. Unlike the pretty - which will never have the power to be beautiful. Madeleine aims for her pieces to be rather beautiful than pretty… and cause lasting pleasure, which does not wear out over time.

Madeleine Martin lives and works in Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, on the outskirts of Paris. In 2016, she discovered the immense pleasure of getting her hands dirty (with clay!) and of creating unique objects - which serve her other great passion: eating well. Former communication manager in environmental associations, she decided in 2021 to dedicate her life to ceramics.

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Madeleine's Wheel Throwing Journey

Madeleine specializes in wheel throwing, an intricate process comprising five key steps. Initially, she shapes a ball of clay into cups or plates on the wheel. After a few days of rest to reach the desired consistency, she refines the piece, including sculpting the foot, with the piece inverted on the wheel. Subsequently, the item undergoes low-temperature firing at 980°C, followed by glazing and high-temperature firing at 1,250°C.

Working with clay demands patience, respecting its slow drying pace to prevent warping or cracking. Madeleine embraces this extended timeline, with each cup taking 3-4 weeks to complete. She prefers crafting small series, typically 6-10 pieces, allowing her to maintain a focused approach and provide meticulous care to every creation.

6 products
Beveled white stoneware cup - Madeleine Martin Céramique Beveled white stoneware cup
Beveled red stoneware cup Beveled red stoneware cup
Snowflakes stoneware cup - Madeleine Martin Céramique Snowflakes stoneware cup
Snowflakes stoneware mug Snowflakes stoneware mug
Snowflakes stoneware plate - Madeleine Martin Céramique Snowflakes stoneware plate
Red stoneware everyday plate - Madeleine Martin Céramique Red stoneware everyday plate

You might wonder...

Of course it is :) Use your dishes and cups as you are used to. Remember that the ceramics were fired at 1 250°C: the dishwasher and the microwave are like a caress to them.

Yes and no. Once again, they can be subjected to a temperature of 1 250° without being damaged. But firing in a ceramic oven lasts 28 hours - because the rise and then the fall in temperature are very long in order to avoid thermal shocks. While the temperature rise for domestic oven use can be 200° in 30 minutes…
It is therefore not possible to cook your chicken directly on your plate - either the chicken would be very dry or the plate would break under the thermal shock ;)

Absolutely! The pieces are made of sandstone from France or Spain, white or red. Sandstone is a “high temperature” clay: it means that it is fired at over 1 200°C, which makes it particularly strong and suitable for everyday use.


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