Sadly, the workshops no longer offer opportunities for the public to get their hands dirty. However, you can still admire the result of the rich deposits of kaolin (known locally as “white gold”) found near Limoges in the 18th century. More than 30 porcelain manufacturers have set up operations here through the years. Many of the most famous maintain shops that offer good-quality seconds at reduced prices, as well as items from out of date collections, and, of course, the new collections. One of the best is the Fondation Bernardaud, 27 av. Albert-Thomas (www.bernardaud.com/fr/la-fondation; tel. 05-55-10-21-86 or 05-55-10-55-50), where as well as the ceramics, regularly changing exhibitions of “super super contemporary” (as the director said) artistic porcelain are on display. A tearoom adjoins the showroom. Guided visits are available all year (June–Sep 9:45–11:15am and 1:30–4:15pm; for the rest of the year, call in advance to book). Other options are the Magasin d’usine Raynaud, 14 ancienne rte. d’Aixe (www.raynaud.fr; tel. 05-55-01-77-65), and Porcelaines Philippe Deshoulières-Lafarge, 77 bis rue Armand Dutreix (www.deshoulieres.com; tel. 05-55-38-91-38), which highlights the eco-friendly nature of its raw materials and production processes.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.