MUSEUMS - CRAFTS
Malicorne Espace Faïence
At the heart of an old pottery with its ovens and chimney, the museum invites young and old to undertake a voyage to the heart of a ceramic tradition by way of the forms and the designs inspired by the famous pottery centres like Rouen, Quimper or Moustiers, as well as the individual style for which Malicorne is celebrated. The modern area presents the work of today’s potters. The Museum also presents numerous activities to the visitor : exhibitions, films, beginners workshops and guided visits.
Musée de France
Boutique Métiers d'Art
Open : High season from 15th April to 31st October open every day from 10am to 7pm
Low season from 1st November to 15th April open from 10 – 12.30 and 2.30 – 6.30pm, closed Tuesdays. Annual closure from 1st January to mid February.
Phone : +33(0)2 43 480 717
La Faïencerie d’Art de Malicorne
The last workshop to take its earth from the clay quarries at Malicorne, the pottery proposes a unique visit at the heart of a traditional process. From working the clay through to the hand decoration, all the stages respect the ancient methods from the 18th century. For this reason, this pottery has the title “Living Heritage Workshop” since 2006 and is included in the “Inventaire du Patrimoine Immaterial de la France”, as acknowledgement of its rare skills.
Shop opening : All year, from Monday to Saturday, from 9 – 12am and 2 – 6.30pm.
(from March to end of December, also open Sundays and bank holidays from 2 – 6.30pm).
Workshop openings : guided visits from 1st April to 30th September, from Tuesday to Saturday, starts at 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4.45pm (last visit is at 3.45pm on Saturdays). Visits are approx. 45mins
Phone. : +33(0)2 43 948 118
Bourg Joly Malicorne, Faïencerie d’art
Between the château and the church, in the historical centre of Malicorne, come and discover the tradition and the savoir-faire of the oldest pottery still working. Since 1747 Bourg Joly Malicorne has continued the passion of the master potters of the 18th Century. Inheritors of a rare unequalled knowledge, our craftsmen invite you to follow the story of the manufacture and share with you the making of the well known cut dishes, the assembly of the delicate fruit compositions and the creation of other authentic pieces. In 2010 Bourg Joly Malicorne was awarded the title “Living Heritage Workshop”. The pottery is listed in the official directory of French craftsmen and is now listed in the directory of rare crafts initiated by UNESCO.
Shop open every day, Tuesday to Saturday : 10 – 12am and 2 – 6.30pm,
Sunday Monday and bank holidays : 2 – 6pm. Workshop visits on reservation.
Phone. : +33(0)2 43 948 010
L’échoppe à Porcelaine
Having trained at “la manufacture des Sèvres”, Laurence Mazerat opened her “Porcelain shop” in May 2004. A porcelain decorator, her work is principally inspired by nature, creating floral and natural decorations. The pieces (plates, coffee sets, tea services, etc) are in pastel tones, and can be personalized to order. She also offers courses for beginners in the art.
Workshop and shop : everyday, from 10am to 12am and 5pm to 6pm (closed Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from October to March).
Phone. : +33(0)2 43 481 884
L’atelier d’Antoine Drouillaux
Antoine Drouillaux started his “ceramics” career here at Malicorne where he was apprentice turner at the Bourg Joly Faïencerie. Having created several unique works for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Middle East, he became an instructor at the St Armand centre in Nièvre. In 2007 he came back to Malicorne and took over the old infant school which he has turned into his specialist studio. Turning courses for adults are organized throughout the year.
Workshop-shop : Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 12am and 2pm to 6pm, except in July and August : open everyday to 7pm. Closed in January and February.
Phone. : +33(0)2 43 489 827
L’atelier de Jean-Marie in Villaines sous Malicorne
Just next to Malicorne, in the countryside is an old farmhouse which is now the home of Jean-Marie Delahaye. He left the faïenceries
at Malicorne in 1983 to set up on his own.
Created on the potters’ wheel, the enamels baked at 1300°C, the pieces are both useful and decorative using a variety of techniques.
Workshop-shop : open from April to the end of September Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm. October to March open Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 6pm, except December Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.
Phone. : +33(0)2 43 458 646
Art Gallery at La Pellerie in Ligron
|Gallery at La Pellerie in Ligron|
Ray Toombs, officially licensed artist for the Le Mans 24 Hours® welcomes you to his studio/gallery in the countryside where you will discover a large display of watercolours – not just cars.
Gallery open all year : Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 3 – 6pm other days by appointment.
Phone : +33(0)2 43 456 399
email : email@example.com
Website : www.raytoombs.com
We are English if that helps – no language problems.