Pique Assiette
Photo Gallery
Student Pictures
My Studio
Retail Locations
Upcoming Events
My Website Links
About Me
Contact Me

Pique Assiette is a term used for mosaics made with broken ceramics - (plates, dishes, cups and tiles) that originated with Raymond Isadore of northern France.  In French, a pique assiette is a scrounger or someone who "sponges" off of other people, usually for a plate of food and pique means crazy, so Pique Assiette may be loosely translated as crazy plate.

In 1938, Raymond Isadore started decorating the interior of his house, where he lived with his wife and 3 children, using discarded pieces of crockery, or broken plates he had come across on his walks.  His neighbors thought he was crazy and his house came to be called La Maison Pique Assiette.

The house has just 3 small rooms, but every surface of each room is covered in mosaics.  All of the furnature is covered including the stove, which apparently still worked. In fact, the only things not decorated in mosaics are the curtains and sheets on the beds.

The work on the inside of the house took several years to complete - continuing during WWII.  The outside walls and courtyard were completed between 1945 and 1951.  Today the house is visited by more than 30,000 people every year.