It is impossible to talk about Rouen earthenware without mentioning Masséot Abaquesne. This Norman, born in Cherbourg around 1500, was a ceramist who revolutionized his art. He was the first grand master potter. His passage from 1524 to 1557 in Sotteville-lès-Rouen allows the development of the manufacture of earthenware in Rouen.
Several of his achievements are still exhibited today in France. Pharmacy jars, panels and pavement tiles make up his faience production. Those made for the castle of Écouen in the Val-d’Oise are the most famous. It is anicon of ceramics dating from the Renaissance.