Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, near Uzès (pop. 2,900) is the epicentre of a region that has always been dedicated to the Earth and Fire arts. St-Quentin-La-Poterie is the most important district in the canton, second only to Uzès. It occupies a privileged geographical position: within a 80 km radius, you can find the most spectacular Roman sites; the Mediterranean sea and the Cévennes mountains are only an hour's drive away, and traditional Provence is the immediate vicinity.
A dozen or so potters live and work in the heart of the village; they share high standards of professionalism and quality. You can visit their workshops and admire their creations. Amateurs of glazed earthenware, stoneware, raku ware, faïence ware… are always welcome. When wandering about through the narrow streets between the workshops, you'll want to stop and enjoy a glassmaker exhibit and maybe browse through some secondhand, design or framing shops.
St. Quentin la Poterie is a rural district whose historical roots provide the base for an economic expansion that is compatible with an intense cultural life. In mid-July, approximately a hundred artisans from all parts of France and from other countries gather to celebrate a Ceramics Festival. This event, TERRALHA, attracts thousands of visitors.
The village's very name evokes its vocation, pottery. The kilns had been working in the outskirts of St. Quentin la Poterie since the 12th century, but the arrival of the railroad signaled the decline in production. The last firing of bricks took place in 1954.
In 1983, the village began to redevelop with the help of its soil, or "terre." It became necessary to innovate and create new economic conditions that would stabilize of the population and facilitate the establishment of small businesses.
a pizzeria and three restaurants will ensure you spend a pleasant moment in the coolness of a courtyard or in the shade of a pagoda tree. Bakers, confectioners, grocers and butchers attest to the commune's vitality. Also: a cabinet-maker, iron-worker, small supermarket, chemist, two cafés, a nightclub, self-catering cottages, hairdressers, bakeries, pastry shop, florist, tobacco shop, construction company, organic farmers, potters, a glass-maker's studio, and a pipe-maker...
In the last few years, agriculture has become one of the major factors in the dynamism of St. Quentin. Aside from traditional agriculture, which still plays an important role, organic farming is becoming more and more prevalent. "Bio" or organic foods are produced in processing plants which are mostly supplied by local farms. Each year at the beginning of September, the TERRABIO fair attracts many organic food lovers. Farmers sell their produce at the weekly market that is held on Fridays.