Yesterday we took our trusty rental car and drove the 35 round-abouts, tiny, one way roads and super fast freeways (thank you GPS) from the Luberon to the Cote D'Azur to visit the amazing ceramic's city of Vallauris. My studio-mate, rae dunn, was a resident artist in the A.I.R. Vallauris residency program last June. You can see some of her work in the attached photo taken in their gallery. I was afraid she was never going to be happy once she returned to Berkeley as she fell so in love with her life in France and I can truly see why. The beautiful little town is filled with ateliers, museums and galleries all featuring ceramics. The gallery director, Dale, took us on a tour of the A.I.R. facilities. It looked pretty dreamy to me... A place where you could easily live your art without distraction but live it so well. The little Cafe du Coin right across the street from the gallery was a great place to start eating! We were served the yummiest seasonal eats by people who REALLY cared about what they were doing. The day was DEVINE. I can only imagine what a nice long residency would be like.