The Foundation supports Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique

2008
2018
Workshop "Les petits dégourdis de Sèvres" © Sèvres – Cité de la céramique
Workshop "Les petits dégourdis de Sèvres" © Sèvres – Cité de la céramique
Les petits dégourdis de Sèvres – Cité de la céramique
Workshop "Les petits dégourdis de Sèvres" © Sèvres – Cité de la céramique
Discovering a shared heritage, perpetuating artisan traditions stretching back to the 17th century, and embracing contemporary creativity: these are the key ambitions of Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique. A founding member of the Cercle des Mécènes created in 2008, the Foundation continues its commitment by offering dedicated support for the “Petits Dégourdis” programme.

Since 2011, the Foundation has offered dedicated support to the Petits Dégourdis de Sèvres, an educational programme that seeks to introduce children to the art of ceramics. Bringing together the transmission of exceptional skills with an initiation into contemporary creativity, this programme welcomes schoolchildren from the Hauts-de-Seine department, including disabled pupils. The programme is conducted in close collaboration with the Hauts-de-Seine schools inspectorate.

This year, almost three hundred schoolchildren have been invited to discover ceramic skills and techniques before trying their hand themselves, creating work for display in a final group exhibition. After visiting the workshops and the national collections of the Cité de la Céramique and the Saint-Cloud national park, the Petits Dégourdis” can experiment and create freely, unencumbered by the demand for perfection traditionally associated with porcelain manufacture, and regardless of their skill level. The aim is, above all, to help school pupils understand the processes of ceramic creation, from raw materials through to finished pieces. 

A guest artist working at Sèvres acts as a mediator for the programme each year, backed by an educational team. In recent years, children have worked alongside designer Christian Biecher, photographer Sophie Zénon, designer-scenographer Vincent Dupont-Rougier, couturier Gustavo Lins and designer Pernelle Poyet. In 2018-2019, designer Arthur Hoffnertakes on the role of educational director of the workshops. 

Together with the Manufacto, the Skills Factory programme, the Foundation’s support for Petits Dégourdis” attests to its commitment to initiatives that promote the transmission of artisan skills.

Disciplines
Craftsmanship
Lieu
Cité de la céramique
Sèvres
France
A founding member of the Cercle des Mécènes de Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique, the Foundation continues its commitment by offering dedicated support for the “Petits Dégourdis” programme.
Bringing together the transmission of skills with creativity, this educational programme welcomes schoolchildren from across the Hauts-de-Seine department.
The “Petits Dégourdis” visit the ateliers and the collections of the Cité de la Céramique before experimenting with the material themselves under the guidance of a guest artist.

Informations

Team

Partners:

Cité de la céramique Sèvres & Limoges
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
Inspection académique des Hauts-de-Seine

Artist:
Arthur Hoffnertakes