figuline

figuline

(ˈfɪɡjʊˌlaɪn)
adj
(Ceramics) of or resembling clay
n
(Ceramics) an article made of clay
[C17: from Latin figulīnus of a potter, from figulus a potter, from fingere to mould]
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Unfortunately, Palissy was a Huguenot and had been thrown in a Bordeaux jail in 1562, but was released by the Constable and granted the honorary title "inventeur des rustiques figulines du roi" and thereafter protected from further religious persecution.