Jean Besnard
(1889 – 1958)

Born in a family of artists, Jean Besnard studied painting before being taught ceramic by Paul Jacquet in Talloires (Haute Savoie) where he regularly spent time. He quickly opened his ceramic workshop in Montparnasse and in 1923 participated in the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. His creativity and interest in innovation led him to create new shapes and innovating glazing (cracked enamels, scarification…), which allowed him to stand out amongst the Art Déco pioneers. In 1925, he got the silver medal at the Art Décoratifs International Exhibition and started to collaborate with many established decorators.