Heidi CAILLARD born in 1932 in Basel, Switzerland, did fine arts (Basel Art and Craft) from 1949 to 1954 then the Lausanne Ceramics School in 1962.
In 1968, she moved to Blauzac, a village near Uzès. To open a small pottery workshop and its adjoining exhibition room in the heart of the Village. A client, Daniel CAILLARD, a soldier at the Garons base took more than an artist interest in Heidi and the two were married.
The creation of the hens begins with red clay, found near Aix-en-Provence. Then, a hen must be made by hand, as with any piece of sculpture. Once the form is ready, a plaster mold is made and prepared for casting. When the molds are ready to be emptied, the background color (engobe) is applied with a ladle. The colors created by Les Ceramiques de Lussan are their own creation, reflecting unique combinations of clay and oxides.
Then comes the decoration. This is always done by hand, either with a paint brush or with a secret “spotting” technique. Enamel is applied to each piece, and they are fired for approximately 8 hours at 960 degrees. Each guinea is made with time, personal attention and love, and each is unique in its own way.