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 : open Tuesday to Sunday  from 10 – 12.30 and 2 – 6 pm, ( closure 7 pm from 1st June to 31st August. Annual closure from 1st January to 17th February 2017)
Phone : +33(0)2 43 480 717 (site in French)

Faïenceries 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 Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 – 12am and 2 – 6pm, and Monday from 2-6pm.
(from March to end of September, also open Sundays and bank holidays from 2 – 6pm).
Workshop openings : guided visits from 1st April to 30th September, from Tuesday to Saturday, starts at  11am,  2pm and 3pm. Visits are approx. 45mins
Phone. : +33(0)2 43 948 118
Website : (site in French)

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, Monday to Saturday : 10.00 – 12.30am and 2.00 – 6.30pm,
Sunday  and bank holidays : 2.30 – 6.30pm. Workshop visits on reservation.

Phone. : +33(0)2 43 948 010
Website : (site in French)

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.
Visits and orders on RDV by phone.
Phone. : +33(0)6 79 664 291
Website : (site in French).

L'atelier de Yann Rio

Taking up an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with a craftsman In 1979, Yann Rio spent three years at his side learning his trade gaining his diploma in 1982.  Following professional studies at Le Mans  he returned and started working for his previous teacher where he remained for 27 years. In September 2013 Yann opened his own workshop specialising in the renovation of old furniture and the creation to order of furniture, any style.

The workshop is open on RDV (by telephone or ask at the Tourist Office) from Monday to Saturday 10h to 12h and 14h to 19h.
Phone. : +33(0)6 88 939 260

Ateliers terre & bois

In spring 2014, Anick and Patrick Mauboussin open their workshops at “les belles poules” at Malicorne-sur-Sarthe. Anick is a ceramist; she models and turns the clay transforming it into utility and decorative objects. She also forms sculptures with smoked clay. Patrick is a wood turner; the different local wood (ash, walnut, fruit trees, etc...) are the raw materials for his salad bowls, cups and toys! Imagination and creation are an integral part of his activity, which he has been doing for almost 20 years. Entry is free, and depending on their timetables, they will be happy to help you discover their workshops.

Workshop open – Shop : Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 19pm.
Tél. : +33(0)2 43 945 693
e-mail :

A tout coeur céram

Patrizia Notario, Creative craftsman, formed by Master Nadine Velard Huillet, "Better Worker of France". She welcomes you in her shop-workshop 5 bis rueJules Ferry in Malicorne.

She will share with you her passion of  earthenware, you can visit her workshop and see all the stages of the manufacturing, from the shooting until the decoration. All the pieces are completely realized in the workshop.

She also gives lessons of decoration.

Open : every day from 9:00 to 12:00  and 14:00 to 18:00.
Phone : +33(0)6 59 010 092
Email : contact@atout-cœ
Website : atout-cœ

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 opening days and hours :  contact us by phone before coming.
Phone. : +33(0)2 43 458 646

Art 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 and Sundays 3 – 6pm other days by appointment.

Phone : +33(0)2 43 456 399

email :
Website :

We are English if that helps – no language problems.

1, Place Pierre Désautels
Phone : +33(0) 2 43 947 445

Fax : +33(0)2 43 945 961
Our office has Free Wifi.
October through March :
Tuesday to Friday :
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

April :
Tuesday to Saturday :
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

June :
Monday to Friday :
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

W-E and holidays :
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

July and August :
All week :
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May and September :
Tuesday to Friday :
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

W-E and holidays :
from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
For further information about Sarthe Valley, click here:
Vallée de la Sarthe
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