pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Potier de Puisaye" was
created in 2001 by Francois Eve, potter in Saint Amand en
Puisaye and teacher at the CNIFOP, around an old pottery founded
in 1820 in the 'Faubourg des Poteries' (pottery quarter).
This association has a principal objective of reviving this
exceptional site by restoring the various buildings and equipment
and in particular the 100 m3 kiln, one of the oldest in St
Amand, which was last fired in the 1950's.
The objective is to make this unique site a meeting and discussion
place for potters and enthusiasts around exhibitions and various
events, and also a place where young potters in particuliar
can find a stimulating learning environment for the beginning
of their careers, where they can take courses and use the
Even though the association is
supported by local partners
(Conseil Général...), the largest part of the
association's resources comes from sales linked to the exhibitions
and from gifts of equipment from a number of individuals who
support us. We depend especially on our members
to take part in our activities and to relay the information...
of the 100m3 wood-fired kiln which we have restored,
took place in Octobre 2003. The firing lasted two weeks including
the pre-heating and used 120 m2 of dry wood (birch, oak, hornbeam
and faggots). The pots are really fantastic ! We'll plan a
second firing as soon as our finances allow us...
The exhibition rooms, installed in Jeanneney's former studio,
partially renovated, have hosted the "Pots de la Grande
Cuisson" exhibition in May. It took a lot of elbow-grease,
but we managed to display Jacques' pots, and all the others,
to their best advantage.
The 2003 courses for rope pots, and
the 2004 course on wood-kiln construction were a great success.
The two-chambered wood-kiln has been fired for the first time
The now traditional exhibition "Pots
and Plants" in May 2004 went off well, thanks to
Yolaine's permanent attention, in spite of bad weather that
kept visiters away on certain week-ends.
Work on the future **relay** studio
is under way. François isn't doing his back any good
doing the roof ! Ceradel has donated a second-hand gas-fired
kiln which will be installed in this studio.