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Brique A Vin – French Wine Cooler

Do you know what is the purpose of a Brique a Vin?
Keep your wine chilled!


How to pronounce Brique à Vin


La Maison de Camille found for you a wine cooler made in Provence, France!

Handcrafted and unique, la Brique à Vin is a clay pot that keeps your wine chilled.

By Camille Cockerell Kestler

By Camille Cockerell Kestler

How does it work ?

Soak the cooler in cold water for 3 minutes.

Slide your chilled bottle in.

Your wine is ready to be enjoyed :)


Do you want to buy a Brique à Vin de Provence for you or for your friends?

You can either contact Camille at [email protected]

or through Ebay


What is the story behind this unique wine chiller?

During my trip to France in 2015, I met Philippe, potier (artist potter) for 35 years at Aubagne, in the heart of Provence.

What a meeting! What a surprise!



Where is Aubagne en Provence? 


Carte de France

Carte de France

Google map link – Aubagne on the map

This is the country of Marcel Pagnol, a provençal writer and film director (1895 –1974).

Pagnol knew how to picture the reality of the rural Provence between WWI and WWII.

Famous Novels & Films: La gloire de mon Père (My Father’s Glory), Le Château de ma Mère (My Mother’s Castle), Marius, Jean de Florette.

7. La Gloire de mon Pere Livre8. Marius


Barbotine: A Ceramic Workshop

Poterie Barbotine

Poterie Barbotine

Poterie d’Antan, Saveurs d’Aujourd’hui

Savor Today the Pottery of Yesteryear

The joy and the energy that Philippe, his wife Maïe, and the rest of team devote to their work is incredible!

Very agile de ses main (supple with his hands),  Philippe loves Provencal and Mediterranean food, history and craft. As a clay-man, he has a special relationship with  the earth… his hands flow perfectly with the clay.

He simply gives birth to useful and traditional Provencal goods.



Are you curious to see how we made a Brique à Vin?


Video – Philippe making a Brique à Vin in his workshop at Aubagne! Click


In Provence, pottery appeared on the scene for daily use (e.g. earthenware jars, amphoras, and plates) during the Roman era of the 2nd century B.C.

Jarre Romaine

Jarre Romaine

Amphore Romaine

Amphore Romaine








Passionate for archaeology, Philippe researches ancient objects and then gives them a modern use. He is inspired by the culinary traditions of Provence and Mediterranean.

Assiette Barbotine

Assiettes Barbotine

Jarre Barbotine

Jarre Barbotine

15. Barbotine Bols

Saladier Barbotine

Brique à Vin Barbotine

Brique à Vin Barbotine

His creations are convenient and attractive, just as they were before our time and will be forever.

Boutique Barbotine

Boutique Barbotine


For the last 22 centuries, the know-how of mastering the shaping of clay has been transmitted from master to disciple, one generation to the next.  It is called the gaubi.

Philppe’s master was Jean-Marie Bove at Ravel d’Aubagne, and now Philipe shows the way to Hannah and Julien.

Just like fairy tales (before the Brothers Grimm*), the story was kept alive by word of mouth … elders telling the old mysterious fable to the youngest late at night …

*The Brothers Grimm had the brilliant idea of writing fairy tales in Germany in the 1800s to immortalize myths & traditions.


For its respect of ancient techniques and excellence of French know-how, Barbotine has received several labels, including Entreprise du patrimoine vivant (EPV) and Atelier d’Art de France.

19. Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant20. Atelier d'Art de France

For your pleasure, please enjoy this French video interview of Phillip, produced by local French TV.


What is the Brique à Vin story?

A summer in Provence is sunny and hot. Thankfully, the Mistral wind cools the air down a bit!

How to pronounce Mistral? 


This region is the perfect spot to cultivate grapes and make wine.

The Greek (6 century B.C.) had already figured that out!

Provence is a very ancient wine region and today is especially famous for its Rosé, usually a little pink colored wine, very refreshing

Rosé de Provence - Rose Infinie

Rosé de Provence – Rose Infinie

However,  les Anciens (the elders) had a problem!

With such hot temperatures, the wine never stayed fresh and cool for long…


How to pronounce les Anciens?


By observation, they realized that clay had a specific attribute.

If you soak pottery (vase shaped) in cold water, the porous clay will absorb it.

Then the water will evaporate inside at a cold temperature, keeping any product chilled!

This is how the clay wine cooler was born!

22. Trio Briques

By Camille Cockerell Kestler


Are you a clay pot cooking owner? Here is a tip!

Soak your dish in water (30 min) before you put it in the oven.

During cooking, the water will evaporate and keep your food moist!

Magic, no?


How do we make a Brique à Vin?

My dear friend Yannick, former photography professor, created this pictorial documentary, representing the main stage of production.

23. Fabrication Brique a Vin

By Yannick Bouvier


1st square – Finished product and raw material

2nd square – Tournage à la main – a small ball of clay put on a potter’s wheel in order to shape it

3rd square – Pause de l’émail – enameling at the rim


Game -  If you dip your wine cooler into a pink liquid, which color will your trim be ?* green, red or blue




4th square – Finitions – finishing touch and oven cooking

More pictures of the Master!

24. Philippe Fabrication 25. Philippe Fabrication 1 26. Philippe Fabrication 3 27. Philippe Fabrication 4




Au revoir…