ROGER CAPRON BIOGRAPHY
Roger Capron was born in Vincennes in 1922 and took to drawing at a very young age. After studying at the École des Arts Appliqués à l’Industrie (School of Applied Arts & Industry) in Paris from 1939 to 1943, Capron moved to Vallauris where he founded, along with fellow artist Robert Picault, a ceramics workshop known as l`Atelier Callis. From this small studio both Capron and Picault produced decorative and household objects
As his business grew Capron bought a disused pottery in Vallauris in 1952 and began producing ceramics.
By 1957 Capron’s pieces had earned him an international reputation and began making tables each signed with his name. It is through these tables that most know his work today.
A multiple facets character, Roger Capron is the only French ceramist of his time to have both carried out an important artistic work and established a leading industrial company.
Born in Vincennes, Roger Capron was at first interested in drawing. He studied at the École des Arts Appliqués à l’Industrie in Paris from 1939 to 1943 and became a Professor of Drawing there in 1945.
In 1946, Roger Capron moved to Vallauris, where he founded, together with Robert Picault the Callis, a ceramics workshop known as l`Atelier Callis, contributing to the renaissance of ceramics in Vallauris.
In 1952 Capron bought an abandoned pottery in Vallauris and opened a small ceramics factory, with fifteen workers. By 1957 he had established a considerable international reputation. By 1980 his factory employed 120 people. Following an economic crisis, the factory was closed in 1982.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
1954 Gold Medal at the Milan Trienalle
1955 Silver Medal at Cannes
1957, 1958 Gold Medal at Brussels Exhibition of architectural ceramics
1968 Prix du Ministère des Affaires Culturelles
1970 Grand Prix International de la Céramique
1980 Prix Spécial de l’Architecture