Paul Ami Bonifas was born in Geneva in 1893. After finishing school, he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts while working as an apprentice engraver and jeweler in his father’s workshop. His interest in enamel led him to undertake research on glass and ceramics. In 1914, he opened a studio near Geneva. Then, after working in Paris, he returned to Switzerland in 1922 and bought a pottery studio. His work was in the purist spirit of the 1920s: eager to showcase mechanical shaping processes, he often used molds. He was known for his lustre-painted black enamels and crackled whites. In 1945, he moved to the United States to teach ceramics in the Fine Arts department at the University of Washington (in Seattle). He retired from teaching in 1959 to devote himself to his work until his passing in 1967.


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