Conferences

Conference Programme and Round Table Discussions

Monday 27 August 2018 10.30 am
Conference: “The State of French Ceramics, La Borne’s issue, wood-fired kilns and current research”.
Given by Eric Moinet

As a General Heritage Curator, Eric Moinet has run a number of museums including the Joseph-Déchelette Fine Arts Museum of Roanne, the Fine Arts and Archeology Museum of Roanne from 1986 to 1992, the Fine Arts Museum of Orléans where he became acquainted with the old stoneware of La Borne, the Lorraine Museum at Nancy, and most recently the National Museum of Ceramics of Sèvres, where he organised two noteworthy retrospective exhibitions of the work of Jacqueline Lerat and Claude Champy.

As a great defender of contemporary ceramics, Moinet is one of the most eminent French specialists in 20th ceramics.

 ‘Salle des fêtes’ Hall in La Borne, 80 seats.

Monday 27 August 2018 2.30 pm
Conference: “Kilns and wood-firing techniques”.

Given by three speakers:

Robert Sanderson

Robert Sanderson has been wood-firing since 1976. Working together with Coll Minogue, in 2000, he launched “The Log Book”, an international publication devoted to wood-firing. Robert runs workshops on the construction of wood-fired kiln and offers training in how to operate them. He specialises in ‘train kilns’.

Robert will be presenting his research on 19th and 20th century Burry boxes.

www.thelogbook.net

 

 Markus Böhm

Markus Böhm is a German ceramist who works with his wife in Larz on the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau. Both artists produce wood-fired stoneware, accompanied by highly effective work with glazes.

They have planned and laid out their work space and home so that they can welcome visitors and course members. They also organise training courses abroad. Markus was the originator of the European Wood-Firing Conferences and organised the first event in 2010.

Based on his extensive knowledge of wood-fired kilns, Markus will share with us his technical analysis of this means of firing.

Hans Engels

The Belgian ceramist and researcher Hans Engels explores the interactions between the elemental forces of earth, air and fire. He designs different types of kilns fired by wood or charcoal. He also studies and gains mastery in creating a balance between the positions needed for loading kilns, the time, air, wood, ash, the atmosphere, all of these used to provide fine firing results. By using all of the heat potential of the wood, his aim is to reduce the pollution associated with firing.

 

http//www.studio-engels.com

‘Salle des fêtes’ Hall in La Borne, 80 seats.

 

Tuesday 28 August 2018 10 am
Conference : “Wood-fired kilns and their techniques, Korean kilns, train kilns”.

Given by three speakers:

Marc Lancet

Marc Lancet lives and teaches in California, and is the co-author of a book about wood-fired Japanese ceramics.

He has pursued an international career in Japan, China, and Europe, as well as in Californian universities. In France, he took classes with Jeanclos à l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Fine Arts in Paris. He takes part in events to promote wood-firing techniques.

His work can be found in places as diverse as Shigaraki, San Francisco and Berlin.

http//www.marclancet.com

 

Seungho Yang

Seungho Yang was born in Korea, where he studied at the University of Ceramic Arts in Seoul. His internationally renowned work has been the focus of many exhibitions in countries where he has won a number of prizes. His pieces are to be found in the collections of several museums around the world.

Yang has invited a Korean ceramist to join him for the conferences at La Borne : Daewoong Kim, president of the “Korean Tonggama Association».

www.seunghoyang.com

 

Robert Sanderson

Robert Sanderson has been wood-firing since 1976. Working together with Coll Minogue, in 2000, he launched “The Log Book”, an international publication devoted to wood-firing. Robert runs workshops in the construction of wood-fired kiln and offers training in how to operate them. He specialises in ‘train kilns’.

Robert will be presenting the train kiln. This firing equipment is rarely seen in La Borne and is certainly worth finding out about. This conference provides the opportunity to understand its structure, how it works and the effects it can be expected to produce.

www.thelogbook.net

 

‘Salle des fêtes’ Hall in La Borne, 80 seats

Tuesday 28 August 2018 2.30 pm Round Table Discussion: “The Ceramic Art Market- what purpose does a gallery serve?”

Given by four speakers:

Esther Martinez

Following her studies in Spain in Art History and Philosophy, Esther Martinez teaches at the University of Le Havre in France. At the School of Architecture of Normandy, she discovered a passion for construction. In 2000, after meeting the ceramist Jacqueline Lerat, she decided to put her communication skills at the service of nature and of ceramics.

 

Laura Capazza

Laura Capazza-Durand manages public relations at the Galerie Capazza Gallery in Nançay, located in the department of the Cher.

The Capazza Gallery was founded 40 years ago, by Gérard and Sophie Capazza, and it shows the work of over 80 artists in an exceptional setting measuring 2000 m2.

The gallery displays contemporary art works representing the whole range of plastic arts including painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, photography, etching and jewellery.

https://www.galerie-capazza.com/fr/

 

Maria Lund

Maria Lund is the director of the gallery of the same name in Paris in the 3rd arrondissement. In France, she represents major contemporary Danish artists.

With her huge knowledge of the art market and especially ceramics, Maria Lund will speak about the role of the gallery in promoting art and artists.

http://www.marialund.com

 

Renaud Régnier

In 2010, Renaud Régnier entered the ‘École Supérieur’ of the Arts and Media in Caen, Normandy, and at the same time collaborated with the Silbereis Gallery in Paris’ 7th arrondissement. Together with the gallery, he has organised exhibitions on 1950s stoneware and he takes part in international art fairs such as PAD Paris, PAD London and Design Days in Dubai.

Having gained in 2015 his Upper National Degree in Plastic Art with top honours, he founded the Gendras Régnier Gallery which he set up in Saint-Ouen, on the northern outskirts of Paris.

http://www.gendrasregnier.fr

 

‘Salle des fêtes’ Hall in La Borne, 80 seats

 

Wednesday 29 August 2018 2.30 pm Round Table discussion: “Is wood-firing still on trend in the 21st century?”

Given by six speakers:

 

Stéphanie Le Follic Hadida

Stéphanie Le Follic-Hadida has a doctorate in art history, and is an exhibition curator working in contemporary ceramics. She collaborates on several journals, teaches, and since 2013 is a member of the IAC and represents the IAC to Unesco.

Her role here is to facilitate the round table discussions on the current state and the future of wood firing.

Denise and Michel Meynet

As a couple, Denise and Michel Meynet are avid collectors of African art and contemporary ceramics, and as such have made major donations of African artworks to the Confluences Museum, Lyon and of ceramics to the Fine Arts Museum. Their completion of the museum’s collection, it is now possible to find works of art from as long ago as the Middle Ages right up to the latest pieces of ceramics (for example those of Hervé Rousseau). They actively run the French club of collectors of ceramics.

http://lesceramophiles.org/denise-et-michel-meynet-collectionneurs-eclectiques-et-genereux.html

 

Priscilla Mouritzen

Although she is originally from South Africa, Priscilla Mouritzen now lives in Denmark. This internationally renowned ceramic artist works in porcelain, making wood-fired bowls decorated with black graphics contrasting with the white of the porcelain material.

Priscilla is frequently invited to take part in symposia throughout the world, and in 2014 organised the second European Wood-Firing Conference.

Her knowledge of wood-firing and her participation in a great many events enables her to bring an international vision to this age-old firing technique, one which is still completely contemporary.

https://ceramichouse.wordpress.com/priscilla-mouritzen/

 

Andoche Praudel

Andoche Praudel is a ceramist, photographer, sculptor and writer who divides his time between the French department of Corrèze and Japan. He is a Doctor of Aesthetics and Philosophy, and has written many books. He is a member of the AIC, and his ceramics are displayed in many different museums and held in public and private collections.

http://www.andoche.fr/

 

Markus Böhm

Markus Böhm is a German ceramist who works with his wife in Larz on the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau. Both artists produce wood-fired stoneware, accompanied by a highly effective work with glazes.

They have planned and laid out their work space and home so that they can welcome visitors and course members. They also organise training courses abroad. Markus was the originator of the European Wood-Firing Conferences, and he organised the first event in 2010.

Based on his experience and international discussions, Markus will provide us with a response concerning the contemporary nature of wood-firing in the digital age.

 

‘Salle des fêtes’ Hall in La Borne, 80 seats

 

Thursday 30 August 2018 10 am
Conference:”Overview of the craft of pottery in the Haut Berry region, from the protohistoric period to the Middle Ages, on the basis of several recently discovered examples”.

Given by three speakers:

Emmanuel Marot – Laurence Augier – Marion Bouchet

Three archaeologists from the Archaeology Department of ‘Bourges Plus’ will be presenting some of the modelling and firing techniques used by our forefathers in La Borne, based on several recent examples taken from local digs.

They will be taking charge of the building of two kilns during the conference. These kilns are replicas of those discovered near Bourges, one dating from the 5th Century B.C. and the other from the 5th Century A.D.

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‘Salle des fêtes’ Hall in La Borne, 80 seats

 

Friday 31 August 2018 10 am
Conference “Words of Clay”

Given by Loul Combres

Loul Combres creates polished, coloured clay sculptures, and he specialises in large-scale public pieces. As such he has completed thirty or so sites of ‘Ceramics and Architecture’ and performances of ‘Fire art’, involving shows around the firing of monumental joint sculptures.

He created the group TER (Earth / Environment / Realisation) and the International Festival of Films about Clay and Glass with the Art Workshops of France. As a member of the International Ceramics Academy, he has for many years been its representative to UNESCO.

His conference entitled ‘Words of Clay’ retraces sixty years of his production and performances with the public, in particular his experiences of his firing shows.

 www.loulcombres.fr

 

‘Salle des fêtes’ Hall in La Borne, 80 seats

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