Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lézan, Languedoc-Roussillon, Gard, France

La Poterie de l'Oliver

Looking up, at the underside of the workshop's roof.
Lézan Village

La Poterie de la madeleine

Lézan is a small sleepy village of 1,073 souls in the heart of rolling farming countryside in the southern part of France known as Gard, or more specifically the Languedoc-Roussillon. We were advised to visit Lézan for its pottery, which can be of a very gentle smokey rose-orange colour with tinges of earthy green around the old markings the workshop has used for generations. The lighting was a bit difficult during our visit in late April, especially in the darkened workshops, so I have had some difficulty with exposures, but hope that these shots give a sense of what the village has to offer.

The largest store/workshop offering pottery is the Poterie de la madeleine just off the highway. They sell both their own pieces and those collected from around the world. The showrooms are excellent.

A second workshop is
La Poterie de l'Olivier, another place to obtain those delightful vases made in the old Anduze style from bygone times. Their glaze is unique and utterly pleasing to the eye.