ISSUE 29  |  A La Plage

Jewel-Toned Planters and Pots from the South of France

July 19, 2012 8:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Founded in 1837, this fifth-generation family pottery business is presided over by Jacques Ravel and his two daughters, Julie and Marion, in the town of Aubagne, near Marseille.

The pottery extracts its own clay from the firm’s private quarries, which permits it to control the clay’s purity, color, and quality. Best known for its terracotta planters (they provide planters to luxury hotels and restaurants throughout France and around the world), Poterie Ravel also makes charming traditional Provencal crockery, available in the US only through Emilia Ceramics.

Above: Glazed Olive Jars, in situ in the south of France.

Above (L to R): Poterie Ravel French Water Jug; $210, and Poterie Ravel Fancy Pitcher; $135; both at Emilia Ceramics.

Above: Glazed Provencal Planters in shades of green.

Above (L to R): Poterie Ravel Perfect Pitcher; $120; and Poterie Ravel French Water Jug; $185; both at Emilia Ceramics.

Above: Provencal Planters at Terra Botanic in Angers, France.

Above: A Provencal Planter with an emerald green glaze.