Potters' Villages - Botanical Villages

Potters' villages

Cliousclat

Important clay deposits surround the village. Clay has always been abundant and of excellent quality. It is believed that at all times humans must have exploited it and that in the beginning people designed pottery for their own needs. The geographical location of the village has made it possible to develop and amplify the marketing of Cliousclat pottery (near the main north-south axis).
Pottery was initially exclusively utilitarian. But the arrival of new materials required potters to constantly adapt their production. The activity will gradually decline in the face of competition with other materials but also in the face of rural exodus.
But in 1902, an innovator Marius Enjaleras built the Fabrique, the great pottery of Cliousclat. He had the idea of no longer going through several intermediaries but of carrying out all the stages of production under the same roof, from the clay quarry to the marketing of pottery, moving from individual production to series production.
This great pottery, La Fabrique, has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1997. It is possible to visit the workshops and see each stage of production. Our favorite
The town of Cliousclat organizes every year in August a large pottery market.

Dieulefit

A range of talents and know-how, in the land of Dieulefit: 40 workshops of potters and ceramists that you can admire all year round! Classified "" City of art and crafts "" Dieulefit concentrates workshops, shops, museums and galleries in the main street of its city center.
The history of Dieulefit pottery dates back 2,000 years. Archaeological excavations have yielded remains of ovens and pottery dating from the Gallo-Roman era.Pottery activity has developed in Dieulefit because the area has clay quarries renowned for its qualities of refractory earth, "" fire earth "" (high resistance to heat).
The ceramic museum is located in Dieulefit.



Find other potters in: Marsanne, Mirmande and at Poët-Laval



But also in Montélimar in August on the Provençal alleys "Terrapotiers" potters market


Botanical Villages


The 10 Botanical Villages® of the Drôme adhere to a common charter: a population less than or equal to 3,500 inhabitants, the choice of a specific botanical theme (a minimum of 150 species or varieties are established on the site).
These plants must be labeled and listed on technical sheets made available to visitors.
The mild climate and the dryness of the air have made the Drôme number 1 in France for the production of aromatic, medicinal and perfume plants.This unparalleled concentration of aromas is remarkably highlighted through the Botanical Villages ®.

Botanical Villages of the Drôme: Albon - Barnave - Chabrillan * - Chatillon-en-Diois - Grignan * - Hauterives - La Chapelle-en-Vercors - Manas * - Montélier - Monvendre *

Manas was the 1st village in France to obtain this label

Remarkable garden

Erik Borja's Zen Garden is located in the town of Beaumont-Monteux (Drôme).
He is obviously of Japanese inspiration but also Mediterranean (due to his childhood in Algiers).
It is one of the remarkable gardens of France and can be visited from Easter to All Saints' Day (April to the end of October).