Georges JOUVE, regarded as the best French ceramicist of his day and age, was born on 7 December 1910 to parents who were both decorators. He graduated from the Ecole Boulle in 1930 and embarked on his artistic career first as a theatrical set designer and in 1936 worked as a draughtsman in the interior decoration agency run by his brother-in-law.

During the German Occupation, JOUVE and his family took refuge in Dieulefit, a village with a tradition for pottery, where he started his career as a ceramicist producing decorative clay objects.

In 1944 the JOUVE family moved back to Paris and JOUVE set up a pottery studio near Montparnasse. From 1945 onwards, he took part in the annual Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. Up until 1949 when he developed a black copper enamel with a satiny effect which was typical of his style, JOUVE exhibited pieces at the Salon de l’Imagerie and at the famous Salon des Arts Ménagers.

The JOUVE family then moved to Aix-en-Provence in 1954, the year where he took part for the first time at the Milan Triennale. Up until 1959, he worked on architectural pieces, then, in 1962, he diversified his approach to materials with a series of sculptures in bronze and cutout sheet metal.

After a lengthy illness, he died in 1964.