In the summer of 1946, at the age of 64, Pablo Picasso, Françoise Gilot and companion, Louis Fort, attended the annual pottery exhibition in Vallauris.
It is here, he met ceramicist, Suzanne Ramié. He took great interest in the artisan ceramic market of this region and was excited by the possibilities of this new medium. Picasso went on to befriend Georges and Suzanne Ramié and became captivated by their Madoura Pottery Studio.
Picasso would return to Vallauris in the summer of 1947, after an invitation from Suzanne Ramié herself. Georges and Suzanne Ramié were very hospitable to Picasso, and even put all their other studio artisans at his disposal. Offering tool, personnel, material, storage, and techniques, knowledge, time, and experience, to Picasso– he thrived, spending most of 1947 at the studio.
Over the next 25 years Picasso would create over 3,500 plates, vases, pitchers and other forms. Picasso would work with Madoura Studio until around the time of the artist’s death in 1973.