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Letting Your Hands Do the Work

Centre de céramique Bonsecours
Published on
April 23, 2018
In the hit film Ghost (1990), Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze inspired the world to get their hands dirty. But there’s more to ceramics than sensual gestures. Luc Delavigne, ceramist and project manager at the Centre de céramique Bonsecours, presents an age-old craft that’s gained renewed resonance.

What can you say about ceramics in 2018?

Many people are embracing more responsible and sustainable consumption habits: it’s about purchasing a “noble” object rather than collecting things for the sake of it, and it’s about understanding the object’s provenance.

Quality ceramics implies an artisan, someone who’s worked a piece from start to finish, and someone the consumer can even meet in the flesh. That’s perfectly in step with our times.

Aperçu des cours offerts au Centre de céramique

Is it possible to summarize the ceramist’s creative process?

There are three ways to work with clay: by turning it (using a potter’s wheel to work the body), shaping it (by kneading the body by hand) or moulding it (using liquid clay). After firing, the clay turns to ceramic… and the process is thereby irreversible!

At a time when DIY is all the rage, can anyone do ceramics?

Anyone can create small objects by turning or shaping them, including children and seniors. In fact, it’s a manual art that’s fun to master.

Mastering the craft to create quality objects requires three years of study in the Techniques de métiers d’art program offered by the Centre de céramique Bonsecours in collaboration with the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. Graduates receive a college diploma (DEC). 

Exposition 100e

Exposition : 100e at the Centre de céramique Bonsecours

To mark the graduation of the 100th student to complete its program, the Centre de céramique Bonsecours presents the exhibition titled “Exposition 100e”, in the oldest fire station in Montréal.

The collections will feature works by recognized ceramists, spanning a range of styles and periods, from art objects to utilitarian objects, and thus providing visitors with a comprehensive overview of the art of ceramics.

At the Centre de céramique Bonsecours gallery

444, Rue St-Gabriel, Old Montréal
April 19 to May 11, 2018
Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free admission