Pottery has been a local craft for thousands of years in and around St-Quentin. The first proper workshop were set up in the 14th century. In 1880, Job Clerc opens his factory, making pottery pipes. Pretty successful at it too. However the craft and the business slowly declines until 1972 – when it stops. And then in the 1980s, with a bit of help from the mayor, potters come back to St-Quentin. Now there are 25 of them, with a proper museum and training school, and the activity is thriving.
The festival starts tomorrow and extends till Monday, July 14th, Bastille day. The highlight is the night of the 12th, Saturday, with a fashion show where the models will wear potter/clay dresses. Unusual, to say the least… 9.15pm, be there!