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Ambrosia Opera:
Food Design

Ambrosia is a divine substance of Greek mythology, the delicious food of the gods that assures them their immortality.

Ambrosia Opera: Food Design - Campus Mana
Ambrosia Opera: Food Design - Campus Mana
The Ambrosia Opera program offers training in tableware, ceramics and experimental gastronomy.
Our region is laden with clay, wood, vineyards and good food, all necessary for this program to take place.
The participants are invited to stage the content (food), the containers (tableware, etc.) and the context (the table and its environment) by imagining and creating a great banquet of the 21st century, an opera of the five senses, an unprecedented staging of creativity, know-how and French excellence.
During this program, participants are trained in techniques related to the creation of ceramic objects, their firing and glazing. Additional lectures and workshops dedicated to food design and experimental gastronomy complete the training.
Program Outline


Designer : José Levy
Artisan : Grégoire Scalabre (www.gregoire-scalabre.com)
Théoricien(ne) : TBA.
Chef(fe) : TBA.

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative pedagogy is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specializing in their discipline and theorists who enlighten and put into perspective the creative itinerary of the training. This triptych, enriched by numerous other experiences provided on campus, guarantees participants a complete training program combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.
Ma.Na's team accompanies the participant through a range of complementary activities:
  • A time of reflection and research to document the subject
  • Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field
  • Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses
  • Individual and collective scenarios
  • Conversations and guidance from tutors and speakers.

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical acquisitation, professional project and collective work.
  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to pottery and ceramics
  • The ability to develop and present one's work,  practice and ideas
  • The ability to pursue a subject
  • The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the beginning of the training.
  • Technical acquisition via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes a brief introduction to the history of these tools, an introduction to their maintenance and use.
  • Creation of your « technical passeport » including evaluations and refresher courses on the use of the different tools & assembly techniques, notably through fundamental practical exercises.
  • Personalized follow-up of your work at the Ma.Na, regular check-ups, intermediate reports and collective presentations at the end of the training.
  • Individualized meeting on your current practice, notably around the portfolio, allowing you to reinforce, correct, and redirect the different questions.
  • The work can be individual, in small groups or collective.

Assessment methods

  • production of an object or family of objects / one or more pieces
  • documented and well-argued final project
  • collective presentation before a jury
  • weighting criteria of the evaluation : 30% training tutor / 30% craftsman / 30% peers / 10% self-assessment
    •  using a learning assessment grid
    •  the acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account
  • training validated by a Ma.Na certificate of achievement.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline, the experience is assessed during the admission process.
Selection/admission process:
Step 1: submission of a portfolio
Step 2: motivation interview/more precise presentation of the student's artistic project/ practice
Step 3: validation of the application by the admission board, who ensure the adequacy between the profile and the requirements of the training.

Program details

Material(s): Ceramics
Domain: Product Design / Food Design / Sound Design
Duration: 3 weeks
Language: French & English

Price: 4900 € inc VAT

Includes tuition fees & full board

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 01/05/2023 to 13/05/2023
From 10/07/2023 to 22/07/2023

Program Outline