1924 - July 2010, Alice Colonieu studied in Marseilles at the Ecole des Beaux Arts during the war. She decided to specialise in pottery and participated in a number of ceramic fairs, then she began working on special commissions from interior designers such as Jean Royère and Jules Leleu. From the late 50's she moved into architectural ceramics for public buildings such as schools and churches. In the 1970's disillusioned with the commercialism of the design business, she worked on private commissions and utlitarian pieces, eventually working on book illustrations, combining her interest in all things medieval with her style of painting. In her later years, she lived in Roaix, near Vaison La Romaine, looking after her elderly parents. She had a strength of character that is reflected in the vitality of her pottery, which was both forceful and audacious.
With grateful thanks to Paul Stapleton for his input. http://paul-stapleton.clansco.info/