Thursday, February 25, 2016
Rendezvous With Quimper Friends
~ QCI ~
Quimper Club International
was founded in 1999 by
Lucy Williams and Katie Wiggins Sledge.
The club was formed to offer a
forum to educate members about the history
and production of Quimper faience along with other French faience
and to provide a way to connect with others who share a love
of the beautiful pottery, both old and new.
The very first meeting was held in Santa Monica, CA.
It drew interested members from across the US
and Europe, and brought together strangers
who shared a common bond.
Seventeen years of annual meetings
have spawned cherished friendships far and wide.
Last week a group of QCI friends
gathered for the simple pleasure of visiting with one another.
Dallas, TX was the destination as various friends made there way
from the east coast, the west coast, and Canada.
Two of us traveled up from Austin.
We dined, we shopped, we oohed and awed.
Our days were filled with visits to nine beautiful homes,
each offering exquisite collections of French faience.
The lovely tablescape shown in this post is
but a glimpse of the charm and beauty that filled our days
as the Dallas members graciously and generously hosted us
in their homes where we laughed together and shared
the joy of reconnecting with special friends.
I've been short on time, and have dozens of photos
to edit and organize, but I promise to share more
of the exquisite faience that we saw over five days.
For those interested in Quimper and other French pottery,
visit the QCI website here to learn more about
membership and the Annual Meeting to be held in
Kansas City, Missouri September 21-24, 2016.
We welcome new members!
I'd like to thank my friend Betty for allowing me to share
her beautiful sun kissed table set with pieces
of contemporary Quimper in the pattern Mistral Blue.