Ceramic Association of La Borne (ACLB)
Since 1971, the Ceramics Association of La Borne (ACLB) has demonstrated its dynamism by organising regular events, international meetings and exhibitions originally held in the former girls’ school, and since 2010 in the Contemporary Ceramics Centre of La Borne. Today the Association has a membership of over 70 ceramists representing thirteen different nationalities who all live within a 35 km radius of La Borne. All of them create unique pieces, utilitarian pottery and sculptures.
Techniques and firing vary, but wood firing still has a special place, with around thirty kilns currently in operation.
The Ceramics Association of La Borne is affiliated with the Collectif National des Céramistes (“National Collective of Ceramists”). It is a member of the Ateliers d’Art de France and “devenir.art”, an association of cultural actors in the visual arts in the Centre-Val de Loire region. It works in collaboration with the Communauté de Communes Terres du Haut Berry which manages the La Borne Contemporary Ceramic Centre.
The ceramists, potters and sculptors who make up the membership of the Ceramics Association of La Borne each present two or three pieces which define their current work.
10, 20 or 30 years of work, sometimes even more, summed up by 2 or 3 pieces of work.
All of this means that the work selected is neither anodyne nor is it subjective. Each ceramist is putting on exhibition moments of life. All the works shown here invite the viewer to guess, to imagine and to reflect on their meaning.
Ceramics is a mysterious art form, where everything happens out of sight, within the kiln. Every ceramist has his or her own language and relationship with the clay that is both personal and intimate. But what unites them all, regardless of how they choose to express it and by whatever means, is a love for fire.