Jean Mayodon's early study of chemistry and successful experimentation with ceramic materials and firing processes prompted him to pursue a career as a ceramist that complemented his temperament as a painter. In 1941, Mayodon became Artistic Director of Sévres. With his great painterly background and sensibility, Mayodon created both small and monumental ceramic works, the shapes of which recalled Greek and Persian archetypes, with subject matter borrowed from classical mythology. His depiction of nymphs and centaurs was enhanced by a palette enriched by the application of a 'net' of gold. In addition to Mayodon's own experiments and innovations, before and after his tenure at Sévres, his collaborations with noted artists and designers, such as Ruhlmann, Printz, Léleu and Subes, and participation in numerous salons and exhibitions, secured his reputation as a prominent artist of the period.