Jean Cocteau and his potters, worked out a first line of ornaments, completed in 1958, mainly comprising earthenware pendants which were tinted and "tattooed", to use Cocteau's term, engraved or in relief. This series features in the "catalogue raisonné des poteries de Jean Cocteau" (the complete catalogue of Jean Cocteau's pottery) by Annie Guédras.
At the same time, Jean Cocteau was working on a second collection of metal items, as clay was proving too fragile for the finer models he wished to produce. With the help of Marie-Madeleine Jolly, he prepared a set of models for her daughter Anne, a student in jewellery making. He also designed small objects to be cast in bronze, that he christened "Poèmes-Objets" (poetic-objects).
For lack of money, most of these treasures never got beyond the project stage.
In accordance with the wishes of Jean Cocteau, confirmed by the late Edouard Dermit, his adopted son, Anne Madeline and her companion Patrick Laupin decided to carry on where Jean Cocteau left off.
Since 1992, they have revived with love and respect the forms dreamed and imagined by this master of artistic design.
Bronze circle pendant, gold-plated, 300 copies
Anne Madeline at the workshop – Toulon sur Arroux
Patrick Laupin at the workshop – Toulon sur Arroux