VALLAURIS, The city of the pottery

Tradition potter of Vallauris goes back up to Antique. Thanks to the loam of special quality provided by the basement, they fabricated vases on earth there for centuries.

The manufacture of the pottery takes extension with the development of communications.

Casseroles and saucepans were loaded on carts which left on the roads of Provence and the County of Nice, and even up to the famous fair of Beaucaire.

Then it was sailing boats, "tartans" that came to stock up on the beaches of Golfe-Juan. Potteries were loose loaded protected by some poor provender, by leaves of bracken, by rushes These tartans left for Marseilles, for Algeria and even for Spain.

From 1860, the building of the railway linking up Nice in Marseilles and beyond made easier trade greatly (the train entered railway station of Golfe-Juan for the first time in 1862) and, since then, plants increased.
It was not any more craft and even family industries, but true plants that forced the small producers to form consortiums, forms of cooperatives.
But the arrival of material such as aluminium moves aside the pottery of its culinary function.

Then, from the beginning of the XXth century the pottery of art made its appearance at the instigation of the family Massier, what they called the Ceramic, with the introduction of enamels of colour later.

But it is in 1946 with Picasso's arrival and its amazing production ceramic accomplished in workshops Madoura give a new development.
The picture of Vallauris as center of culinary pottery gives up to the place definitely that of a city of art of numerous artists and artisans come to become established.

Today as yesterday, they find in Vallauris of the ceramic of art, of unique rooms created by big names such as: Capron, Collar, Derval Roy, Musarra, Picault, Valentin, Boncompain and many others which contribute to support the fame of our city.