The potters' house

Distant successors of the Osismes (Gallic people of western Brittany), the potters of Kerhré (La Poterie) and Kerez date back to the 15th century. Two Gallo-Roman ovens, discovered 1200 m to the south, attest to the antiquity of Pabu as a pottery.

Pabu’s potters were specialised in everyday objects (pans, pots, jars, bricks, tiles, etc.), but were also renowned for their beautiful roof finials which still adorn manors and churches to this day.

Pabu’s pottery flourished for centuries, with their products being sold at markets over a 60 km radius. From the mid-19th century, competition from cheaper mass-produced alternatives increased, and traditional ceramics were progressively abandoned with centuries of passed down knowledge and expertise gradually fading away. World War I brought the pottery almost halted activity entirely and by the early 1920s the pottery definitively closed.

The potters' houses were small, dark and smoky. The ground-floor was used as both a living space and a workshop with the front door often remaining open to illuminate the work space as best as possible. Clay was thrown on a hand-driven wheel, while the gentle heat of a permanent fire contributed to the slow drying of the lead-glazed ware, prior to their final firing in a communal kiln.

Dating back to 1727, this, the last untouched potters' house in Kerez, has been restored and furnished to the style of the late 19th century. The period interior aims to evoke the life and work of the potters of Pabu, final heirs of a tradition dating back two thousand years.

For opening dates and times, you can contact the association "Les Amis des Potiers de Pabu" through the town hall on +33 2 96 40 68 90.