Here is a glimpse of a day at Jars Céramistes, that says a lot about the company values.
A village in the South of France, on a hot summer day…
In the Jars manufacture, a re-order of a plates set, that have been used every day by a restaurant for 15 years, is in the making, along with the first order by Eleven Madison Park in New York, #4 best restaurant in the world. Each plate will, on average, be shaped 21 times by experienced ceramicists.
The Jars shop, right off the manufacturing floor, sells ceramics that did not pass quality control. They look perfect to us, but not to Jars.
In the Jars offices steps from the shop, the chemist team works on extending the palette of glazes.
Each glaze is a unique creation and has its own formula and technique of firing, perfected over many years of trial and error since the mid 19th century, making them impossible to copy.
Our discussion with the CEO and Head of export sales has to be interrupted; They will join other employees to celebrate the engagement of a colleague with a sip of Champagne.
The furnace, that fires at 2,330°F and provides Jars stoneware its incomparable strength, is about to cool down. The ceramicists started at 5 am today, but will go home at 1pm, because it is actually a very hot summer day.