The Story of Terre e Provence Pottery
The tradition of making pottery in Provence dates from the 19th century. In its hay day more than 100 studios existed around the valley of Jabron. In the area we know as Provence lies the village of Dieulefit where we find the small company of Terre e Provence created in1934 by Maurise Moore.
Maurise had the idea of creating a pottery that exemplified the colors of Provence; blue, green, red, and the famous yellow. Maurise had two children Alain and Nicole. Alain learned from his father the techniques of making this beautiful pottery.
In 1981 Alain took over the business from his father and grew the business to 40 employees mostly decorators trained by Alain. Although Terre e Provence had grown very fast it still uses the very same techniques that his father used, keeping the standards at an equally high level and the tradition alive
The hiring and training is done by Alain and then trained by the master decorator Denise for 6 months before being considered capable to decorate with the colored biscuit. Terre e Provence pottery is uniquely made in a labor intensive manner that makes imitation by lesser skilled producers impossible to duplicate. Notably the curing process which bakes two layers of glaze at 1100 degrees. The Engobe paint is actually a colored clay that is applied by hand between the two layers of glaze.
Experience the joy of Terre e' Provence Provencal pottery, known for its creative use of colorful design that reflects life in the South of France. Whether used as an object of art or as a utensil, glazed pottery belongs in your home.
The designs, capturing the sophistication, warmth and soul of authentic Provence, are inspired by Provencal drawings from the 18th century. Drenched in earthy yellows, greens and reds, no two pieces of this French Country pottery are hand-painted precisely in the same design, making each piece truly unique.
All of this beautiful, lead-free Terre e' Provence French earthenware is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Whether you are searching for a unique gift, every day dinnerware or an inspirational work of art, we are confident you will enjoy this beautiful French Country treasure.
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