Varages is a village in Haut Var in Provence Verte, located near Verdon. The village has the distinction of being perched on a tufa rock created by the Millennium deposit of limestone from the sources of Fontvieille.
The village's history is marked by earthenware. The faience industry was born in the late 17th century and fully developed in the eighteenth. In 1789, there were eight factories and five mills varnish whose activity is added to the potters. The beautiful pieces preserved in various museums (Sevres, Limoges, Aix, Marseille ...) attest to the quality of production as the talent of the painters of the time. The upheavals of the Revolution, the fashion of porcelain, and competition from the North sounded the death knell for pottery luxury. Varages adapts by producing commercial products, usually in white. The arrival of the train South France saved the factories that using electricity is mechanized.
Today, the potters of Varages are always present on the world market. In the shadow of the factory and from the school of ceramics, flower again we see the craftsmanship that honors three hundred years of unbroken tradition, reviving the beautiful productions of the past centuries.
The Museum of Ceramics:
The potters who flourished in Varages, where they found water, clay and wood, starting from 1695 to make way for potters. Beyond the artistic and historic collection, containing over one thousand pieces of 17th-21st century, the museum focuses on the man, his history, his experience, his knowledge. He traces this tradition faience continuously for more than three centuries.
The ground floor is devoted to techniques for making pottery. While the floors evoke the artistic side and the evolution of pottery in the 20th century.
Time: From September to June, Wednesday to Sunday from 14h to 17h (14h-18h only in September and June). Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Every day except Monday and Tuesday mornings in July and August from 10am to 12pm and from 15h to 19h.