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Petits Dégourdis de Sèvres

Ceramics workshops celebrate the creative gesture

At the Sèvres porcelain factory, Les Petits Dégourdis is a workshop series aimed at school pupils from the French department of Hauts-de-Seine, combining contemporary creative art and the transmission of expert know-how. The new season focuses on manual skills in the decorative arts, and photography.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Petits Dégourdis de Sèvres
© Sèvres - Cité de la céramique / M. Joubert

Seven classes are taking part in Les Petits Dégourdis de Sèvres for the 2014-2015 season, led by guest artist and photographer Sophie Zénon. Participants — including able-bodied children and those with special needs — watch artisans in the workshops at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, ahead of classroom discussions based on photographs taken by Sophie Zénon during their visit.

Next, the children use plaster moulds to create their own pieces in white ceramic clay, with a textured decorative finish. Like Sophie Zénon, each child takes photographs to document the making of his or her object. The resulting ceramic works are passed to other classes at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud (a partner in the scheme), where a dedicated series of workshops focuses on designing an exhibition to be held on 4 June 2015, in the adjoining park, presenting the results of the programme together with photographs by Sophie Zénon and the young participants. 

As a founding member of the Circle of Patrons at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is renewing its support for this educational initiative, reflecting our core focus on the creative gesture, the transmission of skills, and the promotion of skilled trades to the artisans of tomorrow. 

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Partner institutions:
Cité de la céramique - Sèvres & Limoges
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
Inspection académique des Hauts-de-Seine

The mediator artist:
Sophie Zénon