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Skills Academy 2


After the first Skills Academy, focusing on wood, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès presents a second year of lectures and master classes, plus a workshop for artisans, designers and engineers, exploring clay and ceramics. Academicians engage in a shared examination of the innovative potential of this most universal material.  

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy 2
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Clay, silica, gypsum and kaolin are central to our daily lives in a host of forms, all originating from one and the same material, namely the ground beneath our feet. Essential to ceramics, building, sculpture, even the health sector, clay is quite literally the bedrock of our civilisation – a multifaceted material whose many forms are the central focus of the second Skills Academy from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

Held every two years, the Academy promotes knowledge-sharing and transmission at the crossroads of research, techniques, creative design, economics and sustainability. Over the course of a year, the selected Academicians (ten artisans, six designers and five engineers) expand their know-how and expertise through a shared examination of the innovative potential of the session’s chosen artisan material.

The programme for the Academy’s second edition is devised by guest designer Guillaume Bardet. Academicians (all active professionals) attend a series of public morning lectures, plus master classes and visits to centres of innovation for participants only. The Skills Academy culminates in a week-long, collective summer workshop exploring practical, innovative applications for the new knowledge acquired over the course of the first semester.

The Academy’s Saturday morning sessions are held once a month, from January to June 2015. The sessions are open to the public (advance bookings only) :

>> Find out more about the first morning session : The basics

>> Press Pack

>> Programme for the Skills Academy 2

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