'The Faiencerie de Gien was founded in 1821 by an Englishman from Stoke-on-Trent, Thomas Hall. Mr. Hall wanted to introduce fine English earthenware to the French, also known as “faience” in France. 190 years later, Gien is an integral part of France’s cultural heritage, praised by many around the world. Over the XIXth century, the company became well-known as the supplier of bespoke dinner services for many aristocratic families across Europe. It has supplied over 2500 families with plates adorned with family crests or monograms. These families continue to reorder customized services for their descendants and are joined by many others now that bespoke is back in fashion. During this time, Gien also increased its brand awareness by winning prizes at the Universal Exhibitions in Paris in 1839, 1867 and 1900, year of the Gold Medal. Should you want to learn more, the museum and factory would welcome your visit! Since its very beginnings, Gien has learned to perfect the art of manufacturing faience. Although the company has developed modern techniques to keep up with the times, it continues to honor the most traditional practices including paper printing and hand painting. At the same time, Gien continuously creates and adds new designs to its collection, constantly collaborating with artists. Over 50,000 molds can be found at the factory. Today, four new tabletop and gift collections are released every year together with capsule items. All the faience products are 100% made in Gien, France, a small town on the banks of the Loire River. The company is a member of the prestigious Comité Colbert (www.comitecolbert.com), a consortium of the most recognized French luxury names.'