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St. Jean-de-Fos: a pottery town
Up to a century ago, as many as 75 potters worked the clay deposits in this small town. But the industry declined, and houses were built on the local deposits. Now just a few fine craftspeople continue the tradition, using clay they import. The shops are open on weekends. In August, there's a pottery fair in the center of town. St. Jean-de-Fos is only a few minutes drive from St. Guilhem-le-Désert, one of France's 50 "most beautiful villages," according to the government. Time to destination: 45-55 minutes.
From the house in Valros, take the N9 toward Pézenas.
Stay on the N9 through Clermont-L'Hérault.
Take the N109 toward Gignac and St. Guilhem-le-Désert. You will cross l'Hérault river.
Turn onto D32. Follow the signs to Centre Ville.
Turn left toward Lagamas on the D9.
At Lagamas, turn right onto the D4. The next town down the road is St. Jean-de-Fos.
We bought a beautiful rotund vase and a square serving dish at the Atelier Terre Vivante, operated by Vincent Morault, at 8 bis, route d'Aniane. The unadorned shop (just shelves really) is attached to the side of a factory. M. Morault does not take credit cards and is a bit casual about hours of operation. Phone: 04 67 57 32 30.
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