Albert Thiry, Warrior, circa 1960

Albert Thiry, a renowned French ceramist of the 1950s, is often associated with his famous vases and utilitarian pieces, but few are familiar with his sculptures. Among these is a particularly remarkable work: “Guerrier”, made in chamotte clay, with engraved decoration and thick white enamel, dated circa 1960. Edouard Demachy is currently exhibiting it on his stand...

Born in Nice, Albert Thiry moved with his family to Vallauris in 1943, where he spent most of his school vacations in the pottery workshops. In 1956, he joined the Tapis Vert workshop run by Claire and René Batigne, where he perfected his art alongside masters such as Marcel Vertés, Jean Mayodon and Anton Prinner.

In 1961, Albert Thiry and his wife Pyot set up their own workshop. Their production, mainly in Vallauris clay, is distinguished by its use of chamotte and innovative research into pictorial techniques such as engobes and enamels. While their utilitarian pieces are often marked by simple decorations, their sculptures, sometimes imposing, reveal great artistic mastery.

Although Thiry is best known for his utilitarian creations, his sculptures are highly prized for their exceptional craftsmanship. Our warrior stands out for his unique appearance, with metal weapons crafted in dinanderie, adding a striking sculptural dimension to the work.

Thiry's art is characterized by often abstract motifs and a distinctive artistic approach. The thick glaze used on this warrior perfectly reflects his recognizable style, making this piece a truly singular and sought-after work of art on the ceramics market. The warrior is a testament to Albert Thiry's talent and exceptional creativity in ceramics.