The artist plunged into the two hundred year old Faïencerie heritage, and came up with a story:
• tulips – an emblematic Gien pattern found in the company archives;
• heraldry : a symbol of Gien’s renown throughout the nineteenth century, which has here been restated in a completely new light ;
• polka dots, reminiscent of the Pont Aux Choux grain of rice theme, enhance the design and lend a touch of softness ;
• richly coloured links bring an element of strength and their hand-painted effect is a reference to the unparalleled skills of Gien craftsmen. These links symbolise the transmission of know-how and continuity, the enduring mark of Gien throughout the ages.
Gien is the most prestigious maker of earthenware in France. The company dates to 1821 when Thomas Hall brought fine English earthenware manufacturing techniques to France. Gien tableware takes inspiration from many sources, including Rouannais patterns from the 18th century, Italian design, Delft earthenware, and styles from the Far East. Artisans and craftsmen today take inspiration from Gien's rich design past to create classic and modern tableware for today's consumer. Since Gien dinnerware it is fired at lower temperatures than porcelain, its colors are notably rich and warm.