New In: Jean Roger

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New In: Jean Roger

The world-renowned ceramist joins The Invisible Collection: discover one-of-a-kind designs that combine artisanal excellence and bold innovation.

Located in the heart of Paris, the famed workshop of Jean Roger has been the go-to place for ceramic lovers since the early fifties. Christian Dior himself was a keen customer, and so was Jackie Kennedy, to name but a few…

Fast forward to today: Jean Roger’s grandson, François, is now at the helm of the family business with his sister Marguerite, after learning all the secrets of making ceramics that both their grandfather and father have passed on to them.

Tapping into the brand’s DNA – exquisitely handmade objects inspired by animals, plants and fruits – François Roger creates designs with a more abstract accent, and adds his personal touch: a special enamel coating that he perfected over the years and whose formula is a well-guarded secret. This enamel finish lends the designs an ultra-sophisticated, luxurious feel.

The latest collection includes a few reissues from the sixties – we love the Flammes vase, originally designed by Jean Roger, updated in a beautiful shade of black. Other noteworthy pieces comprise a stunning wall sconce in the shape of a wheat sheaf – a painstaking tour de force, as the wheat stems were handmade one by one before being bound together-, and the elegant, timeless Giacometti vase in stark white.

Jean Roger

Founded in 1947, Maison Jean Roger is worldwide known and celebrated for its exquisite, original ceramics. The founder, Jean, was a young pottery specialist with vision and boldness: by the mid-fifties he had singled himself out by creating original designs that inspired art collectors and famous designers, including Hans Knoll. Jean Roger elevated the art of ceramic and faience by setting new trends in ceramic styles – including animals and exotic fruits– as well as mastering new original shapes. Jean was soon joined by his son Jean-Jacques who introduced the “trompe-l’oeil” enamel glaze, a trailblazing coating technique on earthenware that became his signature. Now, the grandson François has joined the family workshop, perfecting new techniques of his own.

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