Points of interest

Arts and Crafts Village

Discover the Arts & Crafts in Desvres and its longstanding pottery making tradition. Travel to Desvres with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, book online today.

Desvres and its longstanding pottery making tradition

Awarded the name of "Ville et Métiers d'Art" in 1997, the Desvres earthenware tradition goes back over two centuries.

Desvres remains the custodian of a historic heritage including decorations, moulds, and an outstanding know-how in both hand decoration and the stamping technique (a moulding process similar to sculpting).

Today, a dozen craftsmen are perpetuating this earthenware tradition in Desvres and are happy to welcome you in their workshop to demonstrate their passion and skill.

The Arts & Crafts Village

Spread over 2200 m² on two levels, The Arts & Crafts Village in Desvres (VMAD) is a new structure offering an introductory tour to the current arts & crafts trades. From the windows overlooking the workshops, you will discover the universe of craftsmen at work. It is a fascinating way to learn about the tools and materials used, and to understand the professional path of these young people who are so passionate about their job.

Discover the Arts & Crafts Village shop and its craftsmen

The VMAD shop offers a selection of the most beautiful objects and creations crafted by professionals in the region and across France.

It is the ideal place to search out unique, handmade gifts made from earthenware, wood, glass and fabric. More information about the work of the artisans and their biographies is available from Emily at reception.

What will I find there?

Bowls, cups, glasses, plates, knife rests, butter dishes, jam pots, salt cellars and pepper pots, serving dishes, teapots, sugar bowls, pitchers, serviette rings, vases of all shapes and materials, tidy trays and candlesticks, glass tea light holders, stem vases, lamps, ceramic animals and hats, piggy banks, jewellery boxes, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, glass beads, cufflinks, dish towels, handbags and ties with Calais lace, buttons and book covers in Japanese fabric, lighter holders, bookmarks, books on traditional Desvres "faience", magnets made from Desvres tile "faience", board games and small furniture objects made from driftwood, and much more...