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Bernardaud factory tour in pictures


Global Blue’s assistant news editor Theresa Harold pays a visit to the factory of French porcelain maker Bernardaud in Limoges. We discover how this family-run brand handcrafts distinctive dinnerware, jewellery and even a version of the Jeff Koons Balloon Dog

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For more than 150 years, Bernardaud has been synonymous with Limoges porcelain. Today, the family-run company produces 2m pieces of porcelain a year and operates two production facilities: one in Limoges and one 20km from there, in Oradour-sur-Glane.

The Bernardaud factory in Limoges offers guided tours during which visitors can learn about the porcelain-making process as well as see striking pieces from the brand’s archives. Unlike the ethos at other museums, staff actively encourage visitors to touch the objects – dispelling the myth of porcelain being fragile – and also to handle the tools on display.

Every summer, the Bernardaud Foundation hosts an exhibition of contemporary ceramics in Limoges, displaying works that have never before been seen in France. This annual exhibition attracts art lovers from all over the world and is a great showcase of innovation and creativity in the ceramics world.

Of course, no visit to Bernardaud would be complete without a trip to the outlet store, where visitors can purchase exquisite Bernardaud porcelain at a fraction of the usual retail price. Tickets for the tour cost €5 per person, and are free for children up to 12 years old.

Bernardaud, 27 avenue Albert Thomas, 87000 Limoges

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