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This workshop will take up the “Scuola del non-sapere” (see civic-city.org) approach of placing what we don’t know, rather than our certainties, at the centre of our reflections and projects. We will therefore have to agree to unlearn to better address the issue of the presence of terracotta in the city of tomorrow. Starting from the needs of our anthropocene planet, from ecological, social, participatory, cultural considerations, we must rethink our living together in urban space. We will take ancestral material and techniques from world cultures as a conceptual tool to think about this future. We will reconsider habits to confront real needs. We will draw, we will project, we will question, we will prototype for another world, we will go from detail to utopia, from the porcelain spoon to the clay city…

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Architect tutors : Ruedi Baur
Sociologist : Vera Baur
Ecologist : TBC
Ceramist : TBC
Speakers : TBC

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative teaching is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specialized in their discipline and speakers (theoreticians, artists, scientists…) who shed light on, and put into perspective, the creative journey of the training. This triptych, enriched with many other experiences on campus, guarantees participants a complete training combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.

Ma.Na's team accompanies the participants 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
  • Individual and collective conversations and advices 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 learning, defining a professional project and collective work.

  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to ceramics.
  • The ability to develop and present your work, your practice, your ideas.
  • The ability to research a subject.
  • The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the program starts.
  • Materials provided
  • Technical learning via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes : an introduction to the working of these tools, explanations for good maintenance and training on how to use them.
  • Set-up of your own « technical passeport » combining evaluations and upgrades of tools & assembling techniques, particularly through fundamental exercises.
  • Follow-up on your work at MaNa, daily meetings, intermediate rendering and collective presentation in the end of the training.
  • Individual meeting on your current practice, based on the portfolio, allowing to reinforce, correct or orientate different questions.
  • The work will be a collective work.

Assessment methods

Documented and well-argued final project
The acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account training validated by a MaNa certificate.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline - the experience is assessed during the admission process.

Step 1: Sending a CV and portfolio
Step 2: Validation of the application by the admission board, which ensures that the profile and the requirements of the training match.

Program details

Material(s): Ceramic
Domain: Object Design & Scenography
Duration: 2 weeks
Language: French & english

Price: 3900 € inc VAT

This price includes the cost of training, accommodation and full board, materials and personal protective equipment.

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 02/10/2023 to 13/10/2023

Typical day and week schedule​

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