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Solargil

Extraction of clay, pigment, sand
La Bâtisse
89520 Moutiers en Puisaye
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

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Owner of an ochre and sandstone quarry, "Solargil” produces Puisaye sandstone earth from the quarries of Moutiers, Saint-Amand and Treigny as well as red, pink and white earthenware.

An important pottery centre since the 16th century, the region of Puisaye is rich in clay and ochre, a ferric stone used since pre-history as a pigment to obtain colours ranging from yellow to brown and including red. This pigment is still appreciated in the fields of decoration, fine arts and masonry because it is non-toxic and long-lasting.

 

Ochre extracted by the company and natural pigments are sold under the brand "comptoir des ocres”. The company also sells enamels and glazes, colorants, raw materials and material. Set up on the former site of a pottery, it has kept part of the equipment, including an 18th-century oven that is a listed Historical Monument.