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Jean Derval


Jean Derval trained first as graphic designer at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués, rue Dupetit-Thouars in Paris.

His vocation for ceramic started when he worked for famous ‘maison’ Christofle. In 1945, he learned how to make ceramics with Camille Gendras  in Maubrou-Pigaglio’s workshop.

In 1947, Jean Derval joined his friends Robert Picault and Roger Capron in Vallauris where they created pottery workshop, two years later in1949 Jean Derval met Picasso in his famous workshop Madoura. He trained with the master for two years.

In 1951, he founded his own establishment, Le Portail. Instead of creating commercial objects, he chose the hard path of unique pieces. Derval decided to composed works of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic inspirations reinterpreted from the lessons of cubism and abstraction.

The end of the sixties he had shown an evolution of tastes with sandstones with coppery tones.

Then Jean Derval shifted toward architectural ceramics with a vison of a sculptor more than a ceramist.

There are two books on this master of ceramics.

He exhibited extensively and his works are in many museums and many private collection worldwide.