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Our ancestors, prehistoric men, set the tone for artistic creativity. The countless engravings, paintings, sculptures and jewelry left behind undoubtedly make the Vézère Valley a motherland of inspiration. Even today, a number of artists and craftsmen with varied talents open their workshops to share their know-how and inventiveness with us.

Art artisans in Dordogne

In Dordogne, many professions are grouped together within artistic crafts. For what ? Because for years Périgord has established itself as a welcoming land for craftsmen in general. All these creators are waiting to share their passion and their creations with you.

Rich and diverse crafts

The artistic craft professions in Dordogne are diverse. Pottery, ceramics, basketry, the tapestry, cutlery, ironwork, the leather goods, the jeweller's, wood carving, painting on porcelain, lace, glass factory, Mosaic et glass painting are among the most practiced professions in the region.

Meeting craftsmen in the Vézère valley

When visiting the Dordogne, you can discover local arts and crafts by exploring the many markets, fairs and festivals which take place throughout the year. You can also visit artisan workshops locals to see their work and learn more about their profession.

Here is some villages where you can find local artisans

The work of craftsmen in Dordogne

The artistic artisans of the Dordogne have long been recognized for their talent and their ingenuity. They put their know-how serving different fields: pottery, glassware, jewelry, sculpture, cooking, etc. These craftsmen often use local materials, such as earth, wood or iron, to create unique and original pieces. They can also use ancestral techniques, such as cutting and turning metal, to bring their creations to life. Each artisan has their own style and artistic vision. There are specialist craftsmen in each field, who use their talent and skill to create unique works et original.

The main artistic professions in Dordogne

In Dordogne, it is possible to find many artistic crafts. We can cite among others: 

  • Pottery : this profession consists of shaping clay pieces. Artisans use simple tools and molds to create objects for domestic or decorative use.
  • The jeweller's : artisan jewelers work metal to create jewelry. They can use precious or semi-precious materials to make rings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces, etc.
  • Sewing : Dordogne seamstresses use natural fabrics to create tailor-made clothing and accessories.
  • The sculpture : Sculptors use wood, stone, metal, plaster and even clay to create sculptures, statues and busts.
  • Woodwork : the craftsmen of the Dordogne are experts in the manufacture of wooden furniture. They can also work with leather and fabric to create tapestries and cushions.
  • The vannerie : This ancestral discipline consists of weaving baskets, baskets and other objects in wicker or raffia.
  • Glass factory : the master glassmakers of the Dordogne are renowned for their expertise in the manufacture of stained glass windows, lamps and other glass objects.

Through these different professions, the art artisans of the Dordogne continue to transmit their know-how and contribute to the cultural wealth of the region.

Where to find artisanal products in Dordogne?

You can find many artisanal products in Dordogne in specialized markets as the Potters' Market Limeuil, the fairs et specialized stores. You can also contact the craftsmen themselves directly via their websites or social networks.

Limeuil potters' market ©Anne Mallemouche for web

Numerous associations and collectives bring together art artisans from the region and offer meetings and events to promote their creations. Enjoy association day Rouffignac for example, it takes place at the beginning of September each year and this allows you to discover all the artisans in the town.

Artisanal tourism in Dordogne

Artisanal tourism is a very popular activity in Dordogne. Every year, many visitors come to discover the work of craftsmen and their know-how unique at Bournat. .

There are also many specialized tourist circuits in discovery arts and crafts from the Dordogne. These tours allow visitors to go to the artisans' workshops and see how they work. The brochure of the Route des Métiers d’Art is available in our tourist information offices.

Some tours also offer training courses ou practical workshops, where visitors can learn the techniques used by artisans and try to reproduce their work.

Artisanal tourism is an excellent way to discover the cultural richness and artistic riches of the Dordogne.

The know-how of craftsmen of the Dordogne allows us to revive local culture and to shine the Perigord worldwide. This is particularly the case with Girault Pastels to international fame.

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