An extremely chic Mid 20th Century ‘Hot Lava’ hors d‘oeuvre serving dish, of large scale by Charles Cart for Le Cyclope in Annecy, France, Circa 1960. This beautifully tactile platter has a gilded metal central handle and five sections.
In Annecy, France, sometime during the 50s, Charles Cart, who, it is rumored, started life as a scrap merchant, chose to reinvent himself as a potter. He started, in very unconventional fashion, by asking chemists to teach him how to 'spoil' glazes. After various experiments, Cart developed a small range of characteristic 'lava' glazes: in blue, honey yellow (as above), green and red, which he applied on low fired, hand-thrown earthenwares pots.
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