Vassil IVANOFF was born in 1897 in Bulgaria. He arrived in France in 1922. Initially a painter, decorator, fabric painter and art photographer, Ivanoff discovered ceramics and chose to make it his profession. In 1946, he moved to La Borne to devote himself to the work of sandstone. The quality of his ox blood enamels contributed to his reputation and placed him in the great tradition of ceramicists of this pottery center. An important figure of the 20th century, he was considered the first ceramic expressionist. Vassil Ivanoff is at the origin of the revival of modern ceramics, especially that of sandstone, which reached its peak in the 1970s.