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The Sarthe Valley, a creator's paradise

 

Potters, ceramists, wood turners, glass makers, artists...

 

The Sarthe Valley invites you to discover its craftsmen and their art.  Those with creative and artistic sides will be in their element.

Fist on your list should be Malicorne-sur-Sarthe and the art gallery at La Pellerie in Ligron. If you are interested in leather craft, you should stop off at Souligné-Flacé to see the Abollée Créations Cuir. And don't miss seeing the work of craftsmen in the Vègre Valley, the Verr I Kiti workshop, Bois tournés (wood-turning), Cuir de Bohème (leather), the Atelier du Temple (ceramist) and the Galerie d'art des Forges (art gallery and tea rooms). In the Sablé area, you will love the workshop of Monika Stier who make and restores procelain dolls and bears. Be sure to make time for Sablé-sur-Sarthe's two art galleries. The tour of Valley's craftsmen continues in Anjou with a visit to a workshosp specialising in the fabrication of zithers.

 

La boule de Fort

This game originates from the Anjou region. It is said to have beenn invented by  the sailors to distract them on long journeys at sea. Others believe it to have been imported from England. The game involves using the raised sides of the lane to direct the ball towards the centre. In Morannes, you can visit one of the rare factorues still fabricating the "Boules de fort" balls. Come and and discover the only game in the world where the playets wear slippers !

 

Museums  

Some memorable experiences are also to be had in our museums : Malicorne Espace Faïence, "A l'homme volant" in Sablé, a museum dedicated to man's conquest of the air, "L'Amusant Musée du Jouet" at Juigné-sur-Sarthe, a mechanical toy museum. The "Musée Claude Chappe" at Brûlon, the inventor of the aerial telegraph or the "Maison de la Rivière" at Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe.

 

 

 

 

   ...where the clay is still worked in the old ways.

 

 

 

 

Between Le Mans and Angers, on a bend in the River Sarthe, Malicorne has been known for its pottery since Jean Loiseau lit his first kiln here in 1747.  

From the first simple earthenware pieces sold in the rural surroundings to the elaborate decorated open work of today, Malicorne pottery has become world famous.

Using the old methods and tools, the workers "savoir-faire" is exceptionnal and unique to Malicorne. Awarded the title "Ville et métiers d'Art" in 2005, Malicorne preserves its artistic dynamism through its two old, established potteries, a number of recent additionnal craftsmen and the museum Malicorne Espace Faience, a classified national museum.

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