How did the small village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie, dramatically perched on the cliffs of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, become one of France’s major centers producing faience—tin-glazed earthenware—during the 18th century? Thanks to a major gift of Moustiers ceramics to the museum from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw collection, exciting new scholarship has enhanced our understanding of these decorative objects and the cultural environment in which they were produced. Important connections have also been drawn between print sources and textiles that not only served as inspiration for these ceramics, but were often used alongside these works in domestic settings. Download the exhibition brochure.