Earthenware and Ceramics Museum

The town of Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, between Le Mans and Angers, has produced ceramics for some 300 years. In 1747, Jean Loiseau founded the first earthenware factory here. He used local clay and firewood and traded from the port of the River Sarthe. Others followed him into the ceramics industry. They focused on earthenware goods for domestic use. In order to compete with other ceramic producers and meet growing demand, the town later made glazed earthenware in complex shapes with high-quality painted decoration (faïence). The workshops employed many skilled decorators. Craft and industrial producers still make ceramics in the town.

In a former ceramics factory with an impressive new building alongside, the museum explains the history of local ceramic production and demonstrates techniques. The displays include reconstructions of workshops and a kiln packed with wares. Galleries show hundreds of examples of historical ceramics. There are many activities for children.

Earthenware and Ceramics Museum
Musée de la Faïence et de la Céramique
10 Rue Victor Hugo
72270 Malicorne-sur-Sarthe
+33 (0) 243 - 480717