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History of the Faiencerie de Gien






Gien was founded in 1821 by Thomas Hall, and Englishman who wanted to introduce fine English earthenware manufacturing techniques in France.
Production first began with functional tableware, and then went on to make fancier dinnerware, decorative pieces and tableware emblazoned with notable families' coats of arms.
The factory works non-stop on improving quality and developing artistic creativity. By following this philosophy, Gien has produced exceptional pieces, which it has presented at the various Universal Exhibitions from 1855 to 1900.
In the 20th Century, in spite of wars and other crises, modernization and creation continue.


Today, Gien is both the number one producer of the highest quality earthenware in France, and a top-selling company both at the national and international levels. Its product lines are highly unique and distinguish themselves from other faience-earthenware with rich, refined and varied shapes and styles. Louis Grandchamp has headed the Gien Factory since January 2002.

Gien Earthenware is without any doubt the most prestigious French manufacturer of earthenware. Its fame comes from flawless know-how, and from striving to blend craftsmanship and industrial processes, bringing tradition and creativity together.

With this very philosophy, Mr. Louis Grandchamp and Mr. Bertrand Dambrine acquired this world-renowned factory in January of 2002.

Gien's sales network enables exporting its products to over thirty countries, and thanks to it Gien reached a 30% export rate in 2010.

Several works were published on this day at Faïencerie de Gien. You will find some works in the « books » section of our on-line boutique.