Founded in 1875, La Manufacture de Digoin-Grès & Poteries, was an artisanal family business located on the central Burgundy canal in Digoin. By 1900, there were over forty such operations located in this fertile clay valley, nicknamed the Ceramic Valley, which runs between Digoin and Paray-Le-Monial. Each factory possessed a specific area of expertise or savoir faire (roofing tiles, bricks, floor tiles, etc.) and the specialty here was and still is the crafting of ceramic objects for every day use in the garden, kitchen and on the table.
In 2014, after several years where the company’s performance was lackluster at best, Corinne Jourdain got together a group of investors with the aim of saving this historic artisan tradition and the knowhow of creating these unique and beautiful culinary objects by hand. Though simple and sometimes rustic, they should be worthy of passing down through several generations and, at the same time, be suitable for daily use.
The clay used is entirely of French provenance and all pieces are crafted in these Burgundian ateliers by passionate artisans where they are shaped and glazed entirely by hand. The pottery is then fired in high-temperature furnaces (1250°C) which enables them to withstand extreme temperature both in the kitchen and outdoors.