The July-August issue of Veranda magazine has a stunning article about a restored ruin in Provence. My jaw drops in awe.  I keep pausing to read sentences aloud to Jean-Michel, and flipping back and forth among the photos.  (Unfortunately, they don’t have the article online, so I can’t show the pictures here.)  In the hilltop town of Luberon, an American couple bought a ruin that was originally an 11th century rampart tower but was expanded during the following seven centuries, and rebuilt the surviving structure into a usable modern home, while also keeping it as authentic as possible to its origins. It took ten years to complete. Things I love that could easily be adapted into a Stateside home: weathered terracotta floor tiles, patterned ceramic tiles for a kitchen backsplash, Le Cluny range, daybed covered with vintage textiles.

Since I can’t share article photos, how about some new products from I Dream of France instead? We just got in  handpainted ceramic soap dishes with scalloped edges that would add Provençal panache beside any sink. Don’t forget to put some French soap inside.

Oval Ceramic Soap Dish with Lavender Flowers and Honey Soap from I Dream of France

Oval Ceramic Soap Dish with Lavender Flowers and Honey Soap from I Dream of France

Yellow Oval Ceramic Soap Dish with Olives from I Dream of France

Yellow Oval Ceramic Soap Dish with Olives from I Dream of France

Oval Ceramic Soap Dish with Lavender Flowers from I Dream of France

Oval Ceramic Soap Dish with Lavender Flowers from I Dream of France

–Brett

Espelette

The south of France…Provence, naturally, or the Basque country, which is alluring for being an area less visited by other tourists. More of a Spanish influence, more of an old country way of life, as opposed to the famous Provencal style copied all over the world (or the movie-star glamorous Riviera).

–Brett

Sud and Co Corsica

Sud and Co Corsica

Here is a new episode in the “Sud and Co” saga! For those who do not follow the brand, the pottery from the small Provençal town of Cassis and recently sold in the USA under the name “Sud and Co” suddenly became unavailable last year, then again available early this year. Well, only three months after bringing the good news, here we are, announcing that, unfortunately, the beautiful pottery is again unavailable.

Accurate information is hard to obtain, but this is what we understand. A group of artists in Cassis have been making  pottery for some time independently. They are selling their products mostly locally. At several occasions, somebody started representing the products outside Provence under a single name, i.e., Sud and Co.

Lately, they have been part of a local “craft village” which, due to low sales, is closing. Even though the pottery part of the craft village was very successful, they cannot keep doing business under the current arrangement and have to stop selling. It looks like some of the artists want to open a traditional standalone business under which they can sell their craft.

We are, of course, going to stay in touch and will keep you posted as soon as we hear something new. The best way to keep in touch is to subscribe to our mailing list.

Any question about Sud and Co or anything else, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Sud & Co Provence Pottery

Sud & Co Provence Pottery

We have some great news to start this new year… The wonderful Sud & Co Provence pottery from the small French town of Cassis is available again!
We will be adding new products to our website over the coming days and weeks. Most of the items that used to be available will become available again.
Please contact us if you would like to inquire about a specific piece, and check our website regularly for updates.

Our Sud & Co Corsica pottery is almost sold out. We only have two large round platters left of the Corsica pattern. If you are a collector of  Sud and Co Corsica, these pieces are for you! They are gigantic, measuring 19.5″ in diameter. One platter has a few minor blemishes on the underside that cannot be seen during normal usage, and is marked down accordingly. The other platter is perfect. Visit I Dream of France for more information.

One the two giant Sud & Co Corsica platters we have left

One the two giant Sud & Co Corsica platters we have left

Sud and Co Arabesque Collection

Sud and Co Arabesque Collection

Sud and Co Pirate Bowl

Sud and Co Pirate Bowl

Sud and Co is a small company from the Provence region of France. They have been making very traditional handpainted pottery that literally started a worldwide following. We have been asked about that brand more than any other. Unfortunately, Sud and Co has ceased operation. We are not exactly sure what happened but at the present time, Sud and Co has stopped selling their pottery. We have a few pieces left — if you haven’t seen their products before, we invite you to look at our website. If you have been thinking about purchasing some of their pottery, now is the time!