The Shell Box from Astier de Villatte is a testament to the Parisian brand’s spiritual ethos and fascination with folk art and abandoned objects.
Votary of pre-industrial fabrication, Astier de Villatte is celebrated for being the one and only studio in Paris to hold and harbour the traditions of artisanal ceramic production. Restoring the ancestral systems of moulding and stamping, the incense pot is made using techniques from the Middle Ages which involve moulding a sheet of handmade clay, double firing the ‘biscuit’ piece and glazing the product in white enamel – a lengthy process that requires a drying time of up to one month. Characterised by a chunky cylindrical silhouette and exposed clay, the incense pot is engraved with the brand’s signature crest - depicting an interlacing A & V - alongside the initials of one of the 40 master artisans who created it.
Each handmade piece tells a beautiful story, it romances and imparts a sense of nostalgia into its owner. Place scented reeds in this perfectly imperfect incense pot, or use it as a vase to display vibrant blooms.
Artisanal production gives each ceramic object a unique aspect, meaning products may slightly vary.
- Handmade ceramic from Paris
- Made of black terracotta clay and glazed in milky white
90 × 80 × 45 mm