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Since 1998, Ateliers d'Art de France organize in Montpellier, an international film festival on clay and glass every two years. In 2014, it will become the International film Festival on Crafts. A true forum for discussion and meetings between craft and audiovisual professionals from all over the world, the festival will showcase the vitality of the craft sector.
For more than four centuries, the potters of Puisaye produced stoneware by baking clay at the extraordinary temperature of 1 300°C. Stoneware was then replaced by new materials and the large Puisaye kilns were soon abandoned. However, four years ago, a potter from Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye, François Eve, decided to use a kiln that had been inactive for half a century.
Lost in the forests of the northern Vosges, the glass workshop in Meisenthal became an international contemporary art laboratory in the space of fifteen years. Craftsworkers, glassmakers and renowned designers live out the adventure of a place committed to modernity which does not dispense with its heritage.
Since 1740, the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres has been producing porcelain artistic objects in accordance with purely manual techniques, handed down from generation to generation. In every era, the imagination and talent of artists have been combined with the know-how ofcraftsworkers to give the establishment its identity. Today, the Manufacture devotes more than half its production to contemporary creativity, enabling artists to discover porcelain. This film shows the vitality of the dialogue between the contemporary artists and craftsworkers of this Cité de la céramique.
Rupert Spira is one of Britain's finest studio potters. The film takes its titles from one of his tall bowls inscribed with a long, meditative poem. Made over a period of six months at Rupert Spira's home in Shropshire, "River of words" is a contemplative film, giving a glimpse into Rupert's daily working practice.
With the aim of promoting trades of the arts and crafts among students, the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation developed a series of twelve educational films entitled: "Un Métier d'art pour moi".
Each of these pedagogical video tools seek to show that there is a wide range of openings and directions possible for students who sometimes have difficulty in following the general syllabus. It also contributes to passing on excellent French know-how in prestigious fields that are economically dynamic and directly linked to the prestige of France.
This program benefitted from the generous support of Steve and Christine Schwarzman.
Each one introduces one of the specific crafts listed below: cabinet maker, stone masson, painter-decorator, painter tapestry weaver, metal worker, ceramist , glass blower, piano maker, jeweller, bootmaker, costume designer, leather goods manufacturer.