Ecomuseum of the Tuilerie de PoulignyChéniers

Ecomuseum of the Tuilerie de Pouligny


Tiles, bricks, pottery, finials, potters’ kilns, brickmakers’ kilns, life in the countryside, migrations of populations, history of crafts and know-how will be the essential elements of your visit, in a unique architectural setting. Our many workshops will allow everyone to approach the ancestral work of the master potters and to learn their different techniques.

A place, a history…

In 1962, the Tuilerie de Pouligny ceased its activities after 132 years of tile and brick milling. Left abandoned for several decades, its low roofs quickly deteriorated and nature took over…

In 1995, the town hall of Chéniers defined a restoration plan for the site.

The visiting space frequented today by many visitors was able to come back to life thanks to the will of the inhabitants of the Bonnat canton and the work of the members of an integration site. The latter, supported by the ADPBC, an inter-communal development association, made it possible, from 1998 to 2002, to rehabilitate the entire site.

The site of the Tuilerie de Pouligny ecomuseum has welcomed visitors, artists, and students participating in pottery workshops since July 2002.

Art in the hands!

Created in 2002, the Tuilerie de Pouligny has never stopped working to develop and safeguard ceramic techniques and know-how. Today, it will allow everyone, depending on their level, from beginners to enthusiasts, to develop their skills or explore new techniques and new worlds through workshops, courses and residencies of international artists.

To sum up, what is the Tuilerie de Pouligny now?

Installed in the heart of an old 19th century tile factory, the ecomuseum preserves the history of men and the landscape linked to clay and its exploitation. Contemporary place of exchanges and ceramic creation, the ecomuseum is today a center of discovery of the work of clay for young and old.

All year long professionals welcome the public in the context of workshops, courses and worshop to learn, improve and develop its creativity.

Practical Information :

Schedules & opening periods

  • April 9 to May 8
    every day from 1:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • May 9 to June 30
    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • July 1 through August 31
    every day from 1:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • September 1 through October 21
    Saturdays and Sundays from 1:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • October 22 through November 06
    every day from 1:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • April 1 through December 15
    Monday through Sunday by reservation only for groups of more than 10 people.
  • workshops and guided tours: by reservation


  • Free visit: €5.50 – Guided tour: €5.50
  • Tour (8-15 years old): €4
  • Group: €4.50

Our favorite hike

in the vicinity

Sites to visit

George Sand - Vallée des peintres - La CreuseGeorge Sand - Vallée des peintres - La Creuse
©George Sand - Vallée des peintres - La Creuse

“Everything there inflames the imagination… everything clutches the heart” said George Sand, amazed when discovering Crozant. This landscape is “so rich that the painter does not know where to stop” she said then.

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Artistic experiences

your creative sense
The Valley of the Painters

Let yourself be seduced

in pictures