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The artist
Michel Nicol is the only potter in North America to devote all of his output to reproducing popular crockery pieces of 17th and 18th century New France. His pieces (porringers, terrines, bowls, kettles; Saintonge greenware, faïence blanche from Rouen, Nevers and Moustier) are fashioned by hand, using the techniques of the period. In order to be able to do this successfully, Michel Nicol spent years experimenting with clays and glazes in order to faithfully reproduce pieces gleaned from historical research and careful archaeological digs.

Michel Nicol, potier de terre
Michel Nicol's expertise is recognized internationally and collectors, archaeologists, historians and museum curators have shown special interest. Pieces from his Collection Nouvelle-France can be found in numerous Québec, Canadian and American museums:
  • Fort Chambly, Chambly
  • Musée de la civilisation, Québec
  • La Commission des champs de bataille, Québec
  • Canadian Museum of Civilizations, Hull
  • McCord Museum, Montréal
  • Lachine Musée d'archéologie
  • Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montréal
  • Le Manoir Genêt, Île d'Orléans
  • Fort Beauséjour, New Brunswick
  • Château Ramezay, Montréal
  • Fort Imgall, Cabano
  • Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
  • Historic Arkansas Museum, USA
  • Fort Niagara, NY, USA
  • Fort de Chartre, USA
  • Fort #4 Living History Museum, New Hampshire, USA

Makers of films and television programs regularly use his pieces and expertise:
  • Columbia Picture, pour le film « The Patriot »
  • Francine Nicol, habilleuse de pots
  • Columbia Picture, for the film ?The Patriot?
  • Twenty Century Fox, for ?Far side of the world?
  • Zone 3, for the ?Historia? series
  • Cité Amérique, for the television series ?Marguerite Volant?
  • Production Nouvelle-France, for the film ?Nouvelle-France?
  • PBS network for the series ?War that made America?

Through his work, Michel Nicol is making an important contribution to our knowledge of our historical and cultural heritage and ensuring its survival in living objects.