"Au fil de la Terre"

On the 8th and 9th September 2018, leading ceramists will be gathered in Place Saint-Jean in Lyon.

 Archives | Last updated date : 10/09/2018

This is the 33rd edition of a market (the largest in France!) much loved by locals and visitors alike for its friendly atmosphere, and the skills of its 140 ceramists and exhibitors from all over Europe. 

From works of art to everyday objects, come and discover a very wide range of ceramic creations and buy whatever catches your fancy! This is your opportunity to find the ideal unique gift, whether it be classic, designer-style, understated or highly unusual items, useful or purely decorative. 

What is less known is that this event, which is seen as a reference in its field, attracts amateurs of ceramic items, as well as collectors and gallery owners from all over Europe. Every year, exhibitors are carefully selected, one third of which are regularly replaced by others, as a way of attracting new talents. 

"Au fil de la Terre"

During the market event, the "Tupiniers" from the Vieux-Lyon district will be giving you a chance to view some of their most exceptional items of ceramic artwork. 
For each edition, a theme is selected for the exhibition, and this year "Au fil de la terre" was chosen as a way of combining skills, the art and technique behind weaving and working clay, and the use of various materials: clay, textile, plants and metal. Don't miss the exhibition held in the playground of the Lazaristes school, where you'll get to see the exceptional works of 5 famous ceramists: Bénédicte Vallet, Silver Sentimenti, Catherine Olivo, Marie-Laure Gobat Bouchat et Adeline Contreras. 
Also worth seeing is the plant fibre and light installation by urban basket maker Erik Barray. 
A key post-summer event.

And as a sequel to the event...

From the 11th September to the 6th October 2018, the Maison des Canuts (Silk Museum and Workshop) will be exhibiting a selection of works of art by Silver Sentimenti, who has perfected the art of combining ceramics and embroidery.

Oh, and by the way, any idea what a "tupinier" is?

During the Middle Ages, everyday crockery such as bowls and pots were known as "tupins", and the people who made them were known as "tupiniers". In other words, they are potters!
Rue Tupin in Lyon most certainly housed one or several potters' workshops!

Further information: www.tupiniers.com


Isabelle, our editor born and bred in Lyon! She was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in fact, studied in Lyon and now lives here. Territorial? Absolutely not! She loves travelling, widening her horizons, meeting new people and enjoys a change of scenery (without snow, if possible). Isabelle is curious and a people person, two attributes that often go hand in hand! Her favourite colour is green and her motto "a day without laughter is a day wasted!" 

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