The Falmouth Pottery is a living and working studio where the making process can be experienced directly from clay preparation to the finished piece.
Run by Michel Francois, The Falmouth Pottery produces a charming range of contemporary tableware alongside unique porcelain pieces.
Michel uses ancient timeless techniques to create functional vessels. Be it bowls, jugs, or jars, they benefit from a purity of form giving them a sculptural quality.
His own glazes are crafted using Feldspar, Cornish stone and ash from local trees, such as Chestnut, Ash, and Beech. By starving the kiln of oxygen, he draws minerals and oxides from inside the clay to the surface. There they react with the ash glaze, combining to act as prisms that filter and reflect light. This process ensures that each piece is unique.
Michel graduated from Falmouth University in 2002, then apprenticed at the Leach Pottery, St Ives. Following from this, he set up his own studio outside Helston.
Recent projects include co-designing and producing a new range of tableware for the Eden project. This was facilitated with the aid of a research grant from AIR (Academy of Innovation and Research).
His work has been shown in Paris (Gallery Art Présent), London (Gallery 43 Mayfair), Edinburgh and Taipei (International Teabowl Exhibition).