If you’re going to dream of English-style gardens, you might as well start with a Villandry cup. In enamelled stoneware, it transports us back to the time when the eponymous castle stood between green valleys and hills. The Villandry cup comes from the archives of the Manufacture de Digoin, and like every piece fired in the Digoin ovens, it has received a new taste for colours, which puts it back here and now, for a long time.
The clay or more accurately the stoneware paste from the subsoils of Burgundy, Auvergne, Charente or Île-de-France is moulded in the factory’s workshops in Burgundy, then fired, sometimes enamelled, the 1250 degrees Celsius required give horticultural pottery their resistance to frost and cooking utensils their waterproofness as well as their strength, let us add – for the most demanding among us – that the perfect vitrification resulting from these high temperatures allows food to be stored without transmitting odours.
One of the ideas behind the Manufacture’s new rise imparted by Corinne Jourdain, when in 2014, she took over, was not so much to accessorize a bit more our lives, already riddled with gadgets, with small touches of stoneware. But perhaps, to accompany its soft but profound and colourful transformation. That we live and cook with beautiful and durable objects encourages us to do so with excellence, out of respect for the quality of these utensils; using beautiful and good products, preparing them magnificently in an harmonious setting, this goes without saying, preferably for exquisite people.