Pottery, "santons" of Provence, glassworks, fragrance ...
La Petite Provence du ParadouIn Provence, between Arles and Saint-Rémy, is one of the world's most beautiful exhibitions of Provençal santons, the area's traditional figurines...
You will find craftsmen in many small villages who have preserved an ancestral know-how combining tradition and originality.
The Ceramics of Valauris whose reputation essentially reverts to the passage of Picasso in this city in 1947. The faience of Moustiers who owes the quality of its products to the fineness of the clay used.
The Ceramics of Salernes: the work of clay in Salernes is a story that has been perpetuated since the dawn of time. Archaeologists have discovered in Salernes vases dating back 7000 years.
The "Santons" of Provence
The clay figures of Provence came into being during the French Revolution. They replaced the cribs in the churches closed during that time. The clay figures (known as "Santon" in French and "Santoun" in Provençal, meaning a saint) were mainly representations of biblical characters made of dried, hand painted clay. Later on in the making of the clay figures craftsmen took inspiration from Marcel Pagnol's characters. The town of Aubagne, Marcel Pagnol's native town, has now become the capital of the clay figure.