Pierre Digan

1941 - 2016


Objects in stoneware, recognizable by their imperfections of cooking. Bathed in diverse cultures, nourished by the precepts revealed by Bernard Leach, Digan wants to participate in his own way to a renewal.

Of Guadeloupean origin, his father is already one of the outstanding artists of La Borne.
1956-1959: School of Applied Arts in Beaune and trained by the painter, sculptor and ceramist Michel Lucotte.
Between 1960 and 1979, he settled in La Borne. During this period, he spent time in various workshops in Vallauris and Auribeau-Sur-Siagne in the Alpes Maritimes with the ceramist with whom he lived at the time, Barbara Delfosse. Together, they created large sculptures as well as a beautiful production of utilitarian stoneware with a strong pyrity.

In the 1970s, he developed his business by producing objects in series, and opened several galleries in France, exporting to Japan and the United States. He obtained international recognition, as evidenced by the success of his exports and the orders for his works abroad.

With this success, he created the company "Digan grès" with the indispensable help of Janet Stedman, his new partner.

In the early 1980's, ceramics became less popular and Digan left La Borne to settle in the Limousin region of France, where he produced monumental sculptures.
He published several works on his own work and that of his contemporaries: "Poterie usuelle contemporaine", "Murs et masques céramiques" and "Animaux céramiques", for the municipalities of the region. At the same time, he tried his hand at raku, the production of porcelain funeral urns, and earthenware, which he practiced in Vallauris.