Every two years since 2014, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has invited craftspeople, designers and engineers to take part in the Skills Academy. With a strong emphasis on collective intelligence, this programme – emblematic of the Foundation’s commitments – aims to undertake broad explorations of universal materials by bringing together prospective visions and the transmission of skills.
An adept of glass, designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is the pedagogical director of this fifth edition of the Skills Academy. By selecting this transdisciplinary theme, the Foundation seeks to approach the arts of glassmaking in all their richness and complexity. The Academy looks to (re)discover and explore the historical, symbolic and aesthetic resonance of glass, as well as its chemical and physical properties and its economic and social dimensions.
To this end, the Foundation offers an ad hoc programme that enables participants to enrich their knowledge through monthly talks bringing together leading specialists. Academy participants will also be invited to put into practice the skills acquired through these varied encounters in a final group workshop. Across a series of seven morning sessions, artists, curators, academics, manufacturers, designers, architects and craftspeople are invited to exchange their points of view, their experiences and their technical and historical expertise around glassmaking. The first three sessions will take place online and will be open to all, via a broadcast on the Foundation’s YouTube channel. For those eager to learn more about glassmaking, a film screening and guided visits of sites in Paris that look to extend this transversal approach to the material will also be open to the public (reservation required).
At the same time, a series of masterclasses conceived specifically for the Academy participants will allow these professionals to discover sites specialising in glass production, preservation and research. The participants will also be invited to put into practice the skills acquired through these encounters in a final collective workshop led by the pedagogical director of this edition of the Skills Academy, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.