French tableware manufacturer Revol has launched a new collection called Solstice which is cast from raw materials using what are described as ‘ancestral’ techniques.
Solstice aims to showcase the manual skills of the Revol team while creating a way for chefs to express themselves via porcelain.
The plates feature straight, irregular sides, with what are said to be unique mineral textures. Two rectangular shapes form the basis of the available options, with the finishes created by the random reactions in the enamel to Revol’s kiln flames.
The bowls, made using the traditional and manual skills of the potter, have a wide range of contemporary finishes. They are said to come in soft, natural shapes that are reversible.
Davy Tissot, head chef of Saisons restaurant in Ecully, near Lyon, tested the new collection. He commented: When I saw the Solstice collection, it reminded me of different kinds of material. The raw quality of aged leather or stone, the colour of a prestigious object, the red of the enamel was like a great wine.
“I like the imperfect shapes of the collection. You can feel the work of craftsmanship on the material. I follow this movement, I look for a balance to prolong the potter’s technique. I have the setting, the edges of the plate define my area of expression. The presentation must be unique, as each Solstice finish is.”