Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant


Poterie Ravel Decroix et Fils

Manufacture of terracotta tiles
8 Avenue des Goums
13400 Aubagne
Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur

Sale to private individuals and professionals

The company was founded in 1837 by Marius Decroix and is now run by the fifth generation.

It produces today two ranges of pottery products: Provençal pottery and horticultural pottery. The typical Provençal products are flasks, olive brine tubs and water jugs, all made from terracotta that is varnished and decorated with highlights of metal oxides. All the objects proposed are made by jiggering or stamping, techniques becoming increasingly rarer in our time.

 


As for the horticultural products, the company's speciality is the production of very large flower pots. Some models are up to one metre in diameter. All these products are made on displacement jiggerers which allow closed or semi-closed hollow pots to be made.

 

These machines are extremely rare and their operation requires qualified personnel who are trained in the company.  The Ravel pottery carries out the extraction and preparation of the clay itself, and handles all the operations up to the finished product.

 

Its clients? Principally retailers, professionals of interior decoration and garden centres. Its institutional clients include the presidential box of Rolland Garros tennis club and the gardens of the Louvre museum.