In 1883, Auguste DELAHERCHE made his first stonewares
with salt, influenced by the traditional pottery of his native town, Beauvais.
On October 4 1887, he bought Ernest CHAPLET’s studio (1835-1909)
on 153 Blomet Street in Paris, which enabled him to share with him his
experiences on glazed earthenware. The Universal Exhibition in 1889 in Paris
granted him a gold medal and recognition. In 1894 he went back to Armantieres,
near Beauvais, to carry on his researches at a place called "Red Sands" and
he was again rewarded at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900. 1904 saw the
beginning of his problems, despite the making of superb white chinaware with
pierced decorations around 1910. DELAHERCHE’s work is unique, intimistic,
entirely devoted to research, very far from exuberance, which led him to be
called "the stoneware poet". It is rather meant for an initiate public,
despite more decorative works like big glazed pieces red-covered, big decorative
plates with opalescent play of colours, magnificently decorated flaked vases, or
his famous vases with peacock feathers unfortunately too rare.