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Ceramics and CRafts Industries' Increased Cooperation
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Vallauris - Golfe-Juan is a town located in the Alpes-Maritimes department and the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of France.  

The city dates back to ancient times, when a ligure-celto tribe built an oppidum (city) northeast of the current city. During the Gallo-Roman period its large deposits of refractory clay were used to shape bricks and pots, while in the Middle Ages the production of olive oil became the most important activity. The development of agriculture started around 1900 with the orange blossom culture. Nowadays, Vallauris is the only town in France where it is still distilled.


The expansion of Golfe-Juan has been the result of tourism - this is an attractive seaside resort highly frequented by tourists from all over the world. Today, Vallauris is also an integral part of Sophia-Antipolis, the biggest technology park in France.


The ceramic industry and culinary arts are traditional in the city. Besides, in the early 20th century, ceramics also took a new direction by becoming artistic, thanks to the Massier’s family. After the 2nd world war, many artists stayed in Vallauris, like Marc Chagall, Roger Capron, André Baud, Robert Picault Jean Derval, Henri Matisse, Gilbert Portanier, André Malraux etc. In 1948, Pablo Picasso settled in Vallauris and created his masterpieces at the workshop Madoura.  

The production grew and used modern techniques ranging from traditional to modern coloured pottery.  In 1966, the potters of Vallauris decided to make their town a World Centre of Ceramics. A national competition with the participation of the best artists and craftsmen working in France was started. The competition became world wide known and gave birth to the international Ceramic arts Biennial.   

Today, Vallauris remains the city of arts and crafts, of traditional pottery, of olive wood carving, of glassworks and of local perfume creators.




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