On behalf of the Rigoulene team and family, I would like to introduce you to the Rigoulene internships' adventure, and the world of Limoges' Porcelain Painting.
The project was born when, after ten years spent in the United States, I came back in 1994 to France and more particularly to the Limousin region, in Limoges, where I was born and brought up.
Limoges is famous worldwide for it's porcelain. It is near Limoges that, during the 18th Century, kaolin was found: kaolin brought to porcelain the "whiteness" and transparency to light that the Chinese knew of centuries before, and that had been discovered in Saxony at the beginning of the 18th Century by the "alchemist" Bottger. Following the discovery of kaolin, the region enjoyed a golden age. Our family was an active participant in the expansion of the porcelain industry over the following two centuries. Each generation, up to and including ours, has shared in this great adventure!
Today through our internships, our ambition is to share with others the art of painting on porcelain, together with the history of Limoges porcelain.
The internships take place in an ancient manor, Rigoulene, which has been in our family for over 400 years. The painting teachers are of highest level, and we want our interns to get a feeling for the history of the porcelain industry.
Life in Rigoulene is a six day experience, during which we share with our interns our passion, in a refined setting, mixing work and leisure... A French way of life.