It has long been a tradition among the ceramists of La Borne to exchange professional ideas around working wood-fired kilns. Don’t forget that the firing of stoneware clay at high temperature has been going on in this area since the 15th century, because of the presence of clay and wood surrounding the village of La Borne. The Grands Feux reveals this world of fire and earth to the wider public. While the work of the ceramists is being fired, you can enjoy a packed programme of events, including film projections, events and courses for adults and children, exhibitions, an evening dance. Don’t miss out on this warm-hearted autumn event, running from 27 October to 3 November at La Borne.



Kiln of the CCCLB with David Whitehead (La Borne)
Kiln from Late Antiquity of the CCCLB
with the archaeologists from the Archaeology Department of ‘Bourges Plus’
Jeltje Borneman (La Borne)
Nicole Crestou (Morogues)
Guests: Bruno Comparet, Dominique Coenen, Anne-Marie Kelecom, Isabelle Debruyère, Salvatore Parisi, Marianne Roubaud
Dalloun (La Borne)
Ophélia Derely (Neuilly-en-Sancerre)
Dominique Garet and Roz Herrin (La Borne)
Guests: Patrick Lefevbre and Ingrid Guilbert
Frans Gregoor (La Borne)
Guests: Ronald Turcan, Christelle Gourmet
Svein Horjth Jensen (La Borne)
Jean and Marie Jacquinot (Neuilly-en-Sancerre)
Guests: Patrick Lefevbre, Mathilde Nosjean, Alain Gaudebert, Catherine Griffaton, Alexandra Tollet, Nina Prot, Françoise Autran, Jean Couturier, Salvatore Parisi.
Claire Linard (Neuvy-Deux-Clochers)
Guests: Jacques Laroussinie, Chantal Magne, Anne Reverdy, Nirdosh Petra van Heesbeen
François Maréchal (Neuvy-Deux-Clochers)
Guests: Jean-Pol Urbain, Jacques Lamarre, Jacques Dumery, Michèle et Jean Letessier, Isabelle et Jean-Yves, Petra van Heesbeen, Camille Ferry, Sylvain Vayssade.
Sylvie Rigal (Sens Beaujeu)
Hervé Rousseau and Isabelle Pammachius (Henrichemont)
Nicolas Rousseau and Maya Micenmacher (Ivoy Le Pré)

Video of the Grands Feux 2017


Contemporary Ceramics Centre of La Borne
From Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October

Price: 240 € per course member
10am-12.30pm / 2pm-5.30pm

Course description and registration form
Registration by e-mail


 Contemporary Ceramics Centre of La Borne
Tuesday 30 October 11 am to 4 pm: “Récréa-Terre” (Clay-Play) Day
A one-day workshop in the course of which children can learn about ceramics with our instructor in a friendly atmosphere. They will shape a piece and decorate it.

Price 40 € per day (including the course, materials and firing of a piece)


Children’s workshop with Nicole Crestou (Morogues)
Monday 29 October from 2 pm to 4 pm
Tuesday 30 October from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Friday 2 November from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Price: 15 €
Reservation :
06 22 05 49 02


Contemporary Ceramics Centre of La Borne
Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November from 10 am to 12 pm
These sessions are intended for adults and children, either individually or as a family, serving as an introduction to ceramic techniques.

Price 15 € (this does not include firing the pieces that are produced)

Atelier des Halliers (Neuvy-Deux-Clochers: 06 95 45 98 45)
Thursday 1 November 2 pm-5 pm
Introduction and demonstration of throwing techniques by Claire Linard
Free – No booking required.


Atelier des Halliers (Neuvy-Deux-Clochers : 06 95 45 98 45)

Tuesday 30 October from 2 pm to 5 pm
Demonstration by Anne Reverdy of her decoration techniques using slip and glaze.

Free – No booking required.

  • Wednesday 31 October from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
    Demonstration by Jacques Laroussinie: architectural construction
    Free – No booking required
  • Wednesday 31 October from 2 pm to 5 pm
    Demonstration by Nirdosh Petra van Heesbeen: How to make a teapot
    Free – No booking required


Contemporary Ceramics Centre of La Borne
Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November from 2 pm to 5 pm

You will glaze your bowls and the organiser will fire them in the Ceramic Centre’s raku kiln.
You will take your work away with you.
Price for one bowl: 10 €

No booking required


Contemporary Ceramics Centre of La Borne
From 29 October to 3 November from 5 pm

Projections of films related to ceramics and wood-firing.
Free – No booking required.