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Société Raymond Josse

Natural and glazed terracotta tiles
9 rue de Penthievre - ZA de Nazareth
22130 Plancoet
Bretagne

Tel : +33 (0)2 96 84 23 52
Sale to private individuals and professionals

Located in Plancoët since 1976, "Maison Josse” was founded by Raymond Josse and is today managed by his son, Philippe. It makes old-style tiles, notably raw or glazed terracotta.

The beginnings

At the end of the 1960s, bulk consumption became the trend and traditional manufacturing was pushed to one side. Materials were chosen for their comfort. Although terracotta was no longer in with the times, Raymond Josse believed in it, and he was later proved right.

 

Manufacturing

 

Simple, irregular, resistant to fashion changes, terracotta tiles have reinvented floors. For the ceramic-maker, making terracotta is an almost physical pleasure. The clay tile is born of the hands that fashion it.

 

Josse decided to become a master in every process. Over time, he bought a clay quarry and an old production plant in Les Rairies, with wooden kilns dating back to 1830.

 

This is where the "biscuits”, the characteristic terracotta items, are made, before later being used to re-lay the floor in an old house or to give a new build a little bit of charm. Other tiles, which are painted with a brush, may end up on the walls of a kitchen or bathroom.

 

Glazing is the final technical process, all of which, from shaping to cooking, are mastered in Josse’s workshops and carried out in the traditional way: manual handling, high temperature, natural, non-toxic oxides, long cooking in a wood-fired kiln for the raw tiles and in a gas-oven for enamelled ones.

 

The shops

 

In addition to Plancoët, we sell our items in Paris, Nantes, Vannes, Quimper and Les Rairies.