Inside the Revol factory in St Uze in the French Drôme province, traces of its 250 years of heritage doesn’t go hidden. Here the atmosphere is of tradition. The rich soil of the region and a fine eye for design inspires skilled workers. Come and take a step inside the Revol factory. It is nothing less than amazing workmanship creating beautiful designs.
Rich in kaolin, you will find the French southeast province Drôme. It is the perfect foundation to launch decades of craftsmanship. It has permeated the brand ever since. While the industry shifted, and source material overseas, Revol remains local. It never compromised the deep roots and affinity to the region. With no doubt, the countryside landscape influences the richness in any project the brand takes on.
The history of the factory
The history of the Drôme factory is fueled with tradition. Here you will find over a hundred passionate workers, devoted to their craft. It all started with a marriage 250 years ago. Passed down from lines of generation, Revol remains within one family. Since then it expanded to become the base of a multi-national firm, serving the food industry and households across the world. It produces intricate designs, satisfying both the eye, the appetite and the demand for high quality.
The tale goes that Revol was founded during the year of the french revolution: 1789. In 2007 current CEO Olivier Passot took over the company from his father, Bertrand Passot. A new discovery was made by finding the marriage license of the founders Madeleine Carrier and Pierre Revol. It proved, that in fact, Revol opened the door to the factory the same year. The year 1768 propelled the company’s rich history and undoubting stamp as a regional, national, and eventually global influencer on its market. Step inside the factory and witness workmanship creating beautiful designs.
On the first floor of the factory, the Revol molding workshop houses eight committed molders. Finishing molds by hand is in the industry – predominantly using computer technology – an anomaly. Ceramics made in plaster allows for complex designs. Later on, they can be recreated by a machine.
The kiln is an essential part of any porcelain factory and there is no difference here. The furnace allows extremely high-temperature firing of the Revol porcelain. It is, as a result, it enables the porcelain to be exceptionally resistant to the stresses of every day and high-volume kitchen wear. Filling molds with filled with barbotine – a mixture of clay and water – and porcelain. The material, produced on-site is, in essence, a very alive substance. It can be rigid and requires attentiveness to work with. Passing down skills trough the lines of generation allows a deep understanding of the properties of the materials. Finally, workers here take extreme care manually finishing complicated pieces, such as the lion head soup bowl.
Technological advances take over in traditional workshops. Machines are an important factor here. However, they haven’t achieved replacing human workers fully. In the Drôme factory, workers finish delicate pieces by hand. Developed here in St Uze, all-natural pigments underlines the artisan workmanship in world-class designs. The colors are unique.
As evidence for the masterful pieces that the Revol is able to create in the factory of St Uze is the collection Solstice. Intricate designs marrying skillful craftsmanship. Created to inspire the senses, it’s audacious and bold, yet sophisticated. Using the mysticism of the universe as a source of inspiration, the delicate designs invoke a sense of exclusive yet earthy grandeur.
While each piece is finished by hand, it is suitable for everyday use. This is Revol, never compromising deliciated designs with fragility. Elevated designs made to last never comprising quality. Moreover, fashioned by artisans, each plate is unique. Above all, it’s artisan workmanship creating beautiful designs.
The Solstice Gourmet Plate Solar Storm, made of black porcelain finished. It resembles the powerful occurrence of the eruption of the sun. Use the plate as an accent piece on the dining table. Taking notes of Asian cuisine, its versatility in the kitchen is far-reaching. Place it in the freezer prior to serving food requiring chillness for keeping it fresh. In addition, you can heat it in the oven to sustain warmer temperatures.