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Skills Academy #2: Morning session 1

The basics: a technical and cultural history of ceramics

Saturday, 17 January, 2015, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, amphi Abbé Grégoire.
292, rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3rd
Open to the public (advance booking only): academie@hermes.com 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy #2: Morning session 1
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Since the dawn of time, clay has been a part of everyday human life, through iconic objects whose forms have remained essentially unchanged: bowls, cups, vases, bricks… Artisan skills have shaped everything from the simplest, most familiar items to exceptional, highly technical pieces. Opening the Academy’s lecture programme for the first semester of 2015, this inaugural morning session explores the cultural, technical and artistic history of ceramics, from Antiquity to the present. 
Programme

9.30 a.m.
Introduction
Catherine Tsekenis, director, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
Guillaume Bardet, guest designer and Skills Academy educational director.

10 a.m. 
‘From prehistory to the present: a cultural, artistic and technical history of ceramics.’
Christine Germain-Donnat, curator-in-chief and director, Château Borély, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode, and director of the Musée Grobet-Labadié, Marseille.

11 a.m.
Coffee.

11.30 a.m.
 ‘Modern and contemporary ceramics: an English-speaking perspective.’  
Emmanuel Boos, doctoral graduate in ceramics (Royal College of Art, London), ceramicist.

‘Grounded!’ is the second Skills Academy from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, exploring the past, present and future of ceramics and clay. The Foundation’s biennial programme is open to artisans, designers and engineers seeking to explore innovative approaches to their material of choice. Participants are invited to contribute their professional practice and skills to a shared exploration of new ways forward. Monthly morning sessions for the first semester of 2015 offer an in-depth exploration of clay and ceramics from a historical, aesthetic, economic and technical perspective, coupled with an examination of the sustainability and future of this most fundamental of materials.

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Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, amphi Abbé Grégoire.
292, rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3rd
Open to the public (advance booking only): academie@hermes.com 

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Under the supervision of Guillaume Bardet, guest designer and Skills Academy #2 educational director.

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