Originally from Bordeaux, Buthaud took courses there at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) before integrating into l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1909 to 1913 where he studied painting and incised engraving.
Buthaud is considered one of the innovators of ceramics in the 20th century. Essentially, his work included faiences: bowls and vases, often decorated with portraits, female silhouettes and statuettes of people bathing.
However, his work was not limited to ceramics. Buthaud also painted considerably on very different media. He produced reversed paintings on glass and designed and produced decorative ceramics.
Buthaud also created many exceptional ceramic works for the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris.
Cf. P. CRUEGE, René Buthaud 1886-1986, Les Editions de l’Amateur, Paris, 1996.