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History and origins of the museum

  • Glass-workers in their workplace: blower, gatherer and apprentice, at the Sars-Poteries glassworks - from the photo collection of the Sars-Poteries glass museum © all rights reserved

  • Street-side view of teh entrance of the Verrerie d'En Bas (bottom works), postcard from the late 19th-early 20th century - photo collection of the Sars-Poteries departmental glass museum © all rights reserved

  • 16 September 1967, crowds of villagers flock to the Château Imbert to admire the exhibition of "bousillés" - photo collection of the Sars-Poteries departmental glass museum © all rights reserved

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Origins of glass in Sars-Poteries

Owing to its clay and sandstone bedrock, Sars-Poteries was originally a pottery town, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries, before becoming a major industrial centre for glassware, with two factories producing flasks and goblets between 1802 and 1937. At the height of its activity, it employed over 800 workers, mainly from the village and the surrounding area.

Given the industrial production and difficult working conditions, some of the workers used to make items for their personal use during their breaks. These unique pieces, a record of the creativity of the best craftsmen, were intentionally designated as "bungled objects" so as not to draw the factory owner's attention to this unofficial sideline.

The birth of a museum

The museum was originated at the initiative of the local priest, Louis Mériaux, who in 1967 organized an exhibition of these "bungled objects" which decorated most of the homes of the local population. The exhibition was such a great success that it was decided to set up a glass museum in the home of the former glassworks owner, the Château Imbert.

These "bousillés" now form the museum's oldest collection, some of the most remarkable pieces being the ink wels, roof finials, passion bottles.

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