One of the Luberon's best-kept secrets, because it is so well tucked away, is the pottery (Atelier des Cendres) in the village of Oppede le Vieux. Oppede le Vieux is a must-see village, still not much changed from the middle ages, and if you take the little street that runs alongside the cafe, you come to the pottery of husband and wife team Olivia Tregaut and Denis Bouniard.
Denis and Olivia create beautiful and very different pieces. She is a scultpor of highly detailed animals, particularly those that are rare or endangered. While he is a potter, making crockery, vases, bowls with the most lovely glazes. The colours come literally from the landscape of Provence, Denis has created his trademark blue glaze from lavender, and also uses the stones of olives after the oil has been made.
The pottery in Oppede is open every day in season and pieces can be shipped worldwide.
Easter to October: 10am-1pm and 3-7pm, every day except Sunday mornings
Rest of year: 10-12 and 3-6, Mon-Fri. Closed weekends except by appointment
How to get there When you get to Oppede le vieux take the road that runs up past the cafe, it is called rue Sainte-Cécile and heads up to the gardens of Sainte-Cecile. After 20 metres the pottery is on the right. The map below pinpoints the pottery in Oppede:
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Atelier des Cendres
24, rue Sainte-Cécile
Tél : 04 90 76 75 10
The making of a sculpture
The making of the lion sculpture