Louis Lourioux, born in Saint-Laurent (Cher) on April 4, 1874 and died in a car accident in Foëcy on September 6, 1930, was a ceramist active in Foëcy between 1895 and 1930, a contemporary of Lalique and Gallé. He became famous for his stoneware pieces and his great mastery of the arts of fire.
Louis Lourioux began producing around 1902 in Foëcy, at the height of the Art Nouveau period. Imaginative and creative, he creates superb shaped pieces or decorations inspired by the plant or animal world. He is appointed as an Academy officer as an “art ceramist” in 1906. He then moves towards more sober production with geometric and Art Deco decorations and shapes. He will, like Émile Decœur, be very noted for the quality and variety of his enamels.
Imposed by his father as a partner in the Buchon et Legros porcelain factory, Louis Lourioux takes over its management in 1924. He quickly develops the company by creating original materials, shapes and patterns, combining ingenuity and technical mastery in his research Laboratory. The factory employes around two hundred workers in the 1920s.