In 1847 near Orleans France, Louis Stanislas Renault opened a pottery at Argent-sur-Sauldre. The region possesses two essentials ingredients for the making of potteries, Clay is plenty available in his region, and so is wood for the firing of its stoneware, two essentials ingredients needed for his new endeavor. Since its inception no less than five generations have succeeded Louis-Stanislas perpetrating his artisanal creations, maintaining and renewing the line with new products. These wonderful kitchen utensils have always been typically associated with French regional cuisine but now this stoneware is very still in use with modern professionals for the intrinsic qualities these dishes possess. For once, they retain heat or cold for much longer period than does stainless steel. A warm mix of tempered chocolate will not cool too rapidly, nor a cold cream will start warming and/or turning bad. They are also pretty heavy and as such are more stable and do not slide on a table easily while whisking like their steel counterpart. The bowls are glazed inside and on the rim but left bare and matte on the outside. They are quite decorative and can be used in a lot of ways.
Salt glaze pottery is stoneware with a glaze of glossy, translucent formed by throwing sea salt into the kiln during the higher temperature part of the firing process. Sodium from the salt reacts with silica in the clay body to form a glossy and glass-like coating of sodium silicate.
Bowl #5 is the traditional bowl to serve individual "Soupe a l'Oignon" or French onion soup.
Please note: The manufacturer "Poteries Renault" has as of January 31st 2016 ceased fabrication and closed its doors. We are attempting to import as many as possible of the last pieces of their inventory, unfortunately some of the pieces may not be available. We will try our very best to bring you updated information as soon as available. Please accept our sincere apologies if we cannot meet your demand.