Born in Franche-Comté in 1947, Camille Virot began his studies in the architecture studio of the École des beaux-arts in Besançon, and then from 1968 onwards in the ceramics studio. He then spent a couple of years as a volunteer teacher in Africa, which greatly influenced his future work. He felt inspired to study ceramics after having seen the work of Daniel de Montmollin and René Ben Lisa in 1970, and pursued his interest at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. The following year, he began making raku and set up a studio in Haute-Provence.
Virot adopted the technique of raku, which originally developed in Japan in the 16th century and is intimately linked to the tea ceremony. He incorporates elements of different matierals such as concrete, glass fragments and pottery shards into his work.
He has taught in art schools since the mid-1970's, and in 1985, Virot and his wife created the Dossiers d'Argile, a publication devoted to reflections on living ceramics.