The Biot Jar - An ancient French tradition

Discover our collection of 18th and 19th century French biot jars here

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Explore our collection of bespoke biot jars and olive jars here

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Our bespoke Biot Jars are exclusively handmade using a method that dates to the Neolithic period. Biot jars were traditionally used to preserve olives hence the distinctive glazed rim around the neck.

The ancient technique of rope thrown pottery uses timber spines wrapped in a coil of rope then clay is applied by hand. Our largest biot jars weigh up to 150 kilograms or 330 pounds.

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Once the clay begins to dry and hold it’s shape, the rope is carefully unwound and the timbers removed. The rope makes a wonderful pattern on the inside of the jar, which is beautifully textured.

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Each piece that is made using the rope thrown method is imprinted with a sea shell. The exact same shell has been used to brand these artisan pots and embodies the pride and skill of the craftsman who create them. 

Exclusively handmade, there is no compromise on quality. Every piece is unique, one off and made to order. The result is breathtaking. The craftsmanship care and quality of material that is invested into each and every piece is inspiring.  
Biot jar and antique toy horse
When comparing our range with other Anduze Pottery makers, we advise all our clients to ask two simple questions. Firstly, are the products still handmade or are they now made with industrial manufacturing equipment? Secondly, how much material is used in the products and how does the weight of the pottery compare to genuine handmade pieces?    
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Our pottery can be found at the Château of Versailles, Château de Mons, Château de Flaugergues and the Manor of the Garde. They also line the streets of Nice on the Côte d'Azur and the exquisite village of Montpellier. These historic landmarks and discerning clients demand the best quality.

Discover our latest range of bespoke Anduze pottery.

Pam Pierce designs French biot jar with white roses

Design by Pam Pierce, photographed by Peter Vitale.

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I love the design, colour and texture of your unique handmade pots. They carry such a weight and character to them that almost reminds me of ancient civilization. I live in Canada and don’t know where I can see beautiful pieces here. Any advice? Thanks

CATHY October 25, 2020

Dear Sir or Madam

I am interested in a small – medium biot jars.

Marta July 15, 2020

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