Since the end of the 15th century St Amande en Puisaye has been a placerenowned for its potteries - and indeed allacross the world.
The Pottery Normand is the oldest manufacturer in St Amande and is still producing today.
Founded in 1736, our company, certified EPV (Business of Living History) is situated in the Nièvre area, in the heart of a pleasant village and near the stoneware museum.
With some 15 employees, we offer several ranges of products: for food, garden pottery, decoration and glazed terracotta. Our company is capable of producing in large quantities and is easily able to adapt production for special orders.
Our expertise allows our craftsmen to perpetuate ancient methods whereby each piece of pottery is turned, glazed and
stamped by hand in its workshops.
With the purchase of this historic property in July 2017 by Elisabeth Lebège improvements in expertise and production will be possible and, whilst still orientating our creations towards food, we will be able to develop our ornamental and
garden range of quality decoration.
Excellence of materials, richness of form and variety of colours make the Normand pottery an innovative manufacturer guaranteeing lovingly-produced unique articles.
Stoneware appeared in China during the Shang and Han dynasties. Perfection was achieved after the 10th century with the grey-green classic glaze of the Sung Dynasty. Stoneware was introduced to the West in the 14th century. It is made with silica clay giving vitrified and non-porous dough of fine texture, fired at high temperature. The waterproof qualities of sandstone soon led to its use in storing liquids.
In Europe, areas of production are primarily the Rhineland, areas to the east of France and the area of Beauvais. During the 14th century the German ceramicists perfected salt glazing with a cobalt oxide decoration which had a better resistance than lead glazing to the high firing temperature required by stoneware. From the beginning of the 19th century, infatuation for its production led to a number of regions developing their manufacture.
Stoneware ceramic producers appeared in the centre of France (regions of La Borne in Bourges) , Burgundy (St Amand en Puisaye) and in the South East (St Uze) .
Areas traditionally associated with pottery, Quimper (Odetta) or Vallauris (Massier) use stoneware in their turn for their high quality ceramics.