Fine faience pottery

Sunday, April 17, 2016
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At the gate of the Grand Canyon du Verdon, the tiny village of Moustiers Sainte Marie has established a strong reputation as the fabricant of finest faience pottery of France. In 1668, an Italian monk passed on Pierre Clérissy the secret of white enamel that will change forever the art of ceramics. Moustiers produced a faience pottery with exquisite paintings known across the country. When Louis XIV gave the order to melt all golden and silver crockery to bail the royal treasure, Moustiers’s fine faience art became notorious in Europe and the village became the first producer of fine pottery in France.
Nowadays, Moustiers has some twenty shops and a museum dedicated in perpetuating and rejuvenating this unique traditional art craft.