« We noticed noble objects realized by André Baud, with strong colors. »

• About André Baud, in L’Avenir, July 30, 1946 •

Born at La Réole in Gironde (France) in 1903, André Baud is a very important ceramist : alongside personalities like Suzanne and George Ramié or Roger Capron, he participates to the Golden Age of Vallauris.

André Baud begins his higher studies at the School of Fine Arts in Bourges (France) from 1920 to 1923 and wins the prestigious Grand Prix de la Céramique, asserting his talent in the field. In 1923 he begins a degree at the School of Applied Arts in Industry in Paris. His remarkable participation at the « Exposition Internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes » in Paris in 1925 was praised. This major event of the first half of the 20th century is the occasion to him to show his creations, then he goes on at some important events, notably at the “Salon des Indépendants », the « Salon d’Automne » or the « Salon des Artistes Décorateurs » (SAD). During his life, he has exhibited abroad, all over Europe and also across the Atlantic, notably in the United States and Montreal.

He married in 1940 to Micheline Bour. The couple moved to Vaulauris in 1942, the most important village for French ceramic in the 1950s and 1960s, located in the south-east of France, attracting the greatest masters of this art and attracting a large number of curious, collectors and amateurs. Vallauris is an essential place for ceramicists : André Baud acquires his own space after years of rental : he creates culinary and utility pieces but also decorative ones. He is involved in this microcosm, he is president of AVEC (Vallaurian Association for Ceramic Expansion) from 1959 to 1962 and vice president of the municipal commission for cultural affairs.

As a great lover of arts, his production is prolific : from simple shapes to pieces with abstract decor through works inspired by nature, André Baud is an important for the history of post-war ceramics in France. He is also a painter, close to Picasso : a family anecdote even says that it is thanks to one of his works that the famous Cubist painter came to Vallauris and started ceramics •


Large ball vase