EXHIBITIONS: Parcours Céramique Carougeois

Icaro Maiterena – “Mnemosyne fold V” (Metamorphosis series) – 2020 – 42 x 21,5 x 25 cm – Ceramic, Porcelain, Reduction with salts


Parcours Céramique Carougeois

(Carouge Ceramic Trail)

17 – 25 September 2022


By postponing its 17th edition by one year, the Parcours Céramique Carougeois has chosen to create a synergy with the 50th IAC Congress around the subject Materia Prima – Ceramics, an Alchemical Art. Throughout the nine days of events, the Parcours Céramique Carougeois intends to reaffirm the warmth and universal character of ceramics.

For complete information on the 17th Parcours Céramique Carougeois (Carouge Ceramic Trail), please visit its dedicated website > HERE <


* Information from the Parcours Céramique Carougeois website.

1. Halles de la Fonderie


Julie Lamarins

Duale métamorphose is a series of wearable sculptures, all of them born from the need to make abstract concepts tangible in a human and sensitive way. From the expression of emotional states which become heavy burdens to carry, thus straining the body, to the intimate quest for balance which accompanies moving bodies, each sculpture is unique and has been created with hand and body imprints. Together, they reveal the metamorphic process of a being. The message is to let go of that which torments us in order to tame ourselves.

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Aline Morvan

The exhibition À fleur de peau, aime is an ode to all that is impermanent and to the intrinsic interconnection between life and death. The project questions the relationship we have with gestures of care, or as they are more commonly referred to nowadays, ‘care practices’. Morvan focuses on death and funeral rituals and, in particular, the washing of the body. Since ancient times, the bodies of the deceased have been prepared before they set out on their ultimate journey. The time that elapses in this process is suspended, it is a type of ‘interval’. The reflections contained in this project have been motivated by the impact of decisions made to face the COVID-19 crisis concerning the restriction of time spent with our elders, accompanying people on their final days, and the impossibility of honouring the dead.

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Ícaro Maiterena

Ícaro Maiterena’s pieces depict Earth and its expression. Like fossilised poems, they evoke telluric energy and the transmutation of metals, as well as mineral and organic elements. In short, they invoke fire, movement and Life.

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2. Atelier Maison Potter

Monique Wuarin

Artists’ studios, just like crucibles, are the settings where a particular type of alchemy – ceramic arts – takes place. Monique Wuarin’s artistic approach builds on the work with raw elements, elementary materials, their associations and experimentation with fire, the ultimate transmutator. In Particular, her art concentrates on the material realisation of an ‘object/sculpture’ from raw materials.

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3. Nov Gallery

Laurin Schaub

Inspired by this, Laurin Schaub creates functional porcelain objects with a deconstructive view of materia prima and alchemy. In his current works, the individual parts of the objects are always visibly separated from one another and reveal their construction. With the help of digital tools and simple ceramic shaping processes, Laurin Schaub has developed a new design language. Which is based on a poetic play with forms, structures and colors and opens up a view with scientific, philosophical and spiritual dimensions.

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4. Art Now Projects

Paul March

A “non-coherent” proposal from the artist, Paul March. The materialization of an invisible forcefield evokes some disturbing analogies – intertwining a scientific and archaeological attitude with the intuitive approach of a poet. By using comparisons that defy established categories, March offers us a way of extracting ourselves from the Cartesian intellectual comfort zone to embrace a global vision. Here an” alchemy” ant interacts with electricity pylons lost in a forest, there gigantic spermatozoa fertilize the fissured earth; and beyond, cathode ray tubes are colonized by bees.

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5. L’Antre-Peaux

Anne Larouzé

Anne Larouze’s fascination for the scales of squamates, the order of moulting reptiles, makes her follow the traces of living things within matter, thus recreating in each of her ceramic pieces a morphogenesis of order, disorder, growth, mutation, restrain, vagaries… The result are strange, yet wonderful landscapes springing from within thanks to living forces, which are here in dialogue with Chris Murner’s furs and tanned leather.

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Anne Larouze – “Planète” – Diamètre 30 cm x Hauteur 15 cm – Faience feldspathique, encre de Chine, travail à la plaque ©Lightupstudio


6. Galerie Ligne Treize

Sylvie Enjalbert

Sylvie Enjalbert’s seemingly simple pots are the direct result of sober reflection. Her work questions the link between Mankind and the Universe, Mankind and Nature, Mankind and Divinity, and the notion of the Ordinary. Her body of work questions our human relationships throughout cultures and ages in order to find a shared ancestry, and a shared vision of the Cosmos.

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7. Les Insolites

Ícaro Maiterena

Earth, water, air, fire, ether. Kneading delicately. Hitting, a solenoid-like gesture, a vortex which generates pleaded telluric textures. An active volcano: immersing in FeCl3, a blowtorch, reduction firing. An object which is tangible, mineral, vegetable, and animal, and bears the imprint of lived experiences. Alterity – a symbiosis of unique features to attempt to understand our place in the greater scheme of things.

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8. Galerie Marianne Brand

Violette Fassbaender & Arnold Annen

With their exhibition Agrégats, this ceramist couple aim to give shape and expression to the slow and mysterious evolution of the hardest stones. Paradoxically, under the impact of fire, they create translucent objects by transforming rough matter into eternal ice. They translate and make visible the forces inherent to matter, thus also unveiling the mystery of the erratic block and its formation process.

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9. Le Salon Vert

Alice Walton

Alice Walton’s pieces are fascinatingly complex, yet appeasing. The repetitive movement puts the artist in a space beyond time, like a meditation ritual. Once the piece is finished, it in turn takes the viewer into a hypnotic state, where the imagination feeds from suggestions which arise from the vi-bration of shapes and colours.

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10. Galerie Séries Rares

Anne-Sophie Guerinaud

Ceramics and drawings retrace the work of nature in the ‘underground’ and ‘underwater’ worlds. In these complex microcosms, Anne-Sophie Guerinaud’s organic sculptures evolve around the dynamics of moving and merging bodies. Thus, the artist evokes the spiritual dimension of alchemy. The spirit is directly connected to matter with the hands as contact point.

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11. Galerie Kaolin

Evrim Ozkan Yazici

Evrim Ozkan Yaici creates abstract and architectural shapes which integrate clay fragments through a slow, determined and yet humble process. Her pieces evoke in a metaphorical way the alchemical processes of the psyche, the transmutation of each individual who, despite bearing the burden of ordeals which have been solidified by the fire of life, becomes a new unique being.

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Anne-Sophie Guerinaud – “Underwater Dance” – 20,5 x 13 x 1,2 cm – Porcelaine, moulage, modelage et pastillage


12. Les Vins Publics

Natalia Abramishvili, Tatiana Boïko & Irene Venetsanou

“Our world has infinite shades of colour and their beauty never ceases to dazzle us. They enter our conscience. We are a set of colours, a vivid polychrome painting made of splashes of time. We are hues of colour, exploding and silent at the same time, and hold millions of words per minute in our head. We are a rainbow of stories, which are both unique and complex.”

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13. Teo Jakob

Claire Lindner

Attempting to evoke vegetable, animal, mineral and the human body together. Seeking to take living organisms into a universe where everything is mixed together: the inner and outer worlds, solids, liquids, air… An alchemy of states which serves as a gateway between organic worlds to remind us that they belong to each other, as if everything was made of the same substance.

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14. Aubert Jansem Galerie

Jean-Paul Azaïs

Jean-Paul Azaïs is truly an alchemist ceramist. His relationship with earth, water, air and wood fire is conditioned by his observation of the intimate structure of nature and his interest in carbon and metals. His experiments have led him to praise the importance of muddy puddles in understanding the mystery behind the vitrified clay varnish of Gallo-Roman seals.

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15. Galerie h

Emmanuel Boos

In his exhibition Impromptus, which is held in two different exhibition venues, Emmanuel Boos works with porcelain, a material which has a particular status due to its whiteness and refinement.

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Continuation of the exhibition at Peter Kammermann


16. Peter Kammermann

Emmanuel Boos

“t’s as if porcelain had undergone an alchemic process by which mud had been turned into white gold, and therefore it didn’t really belong to anything earth-related anymore. This is a vain and nonsensical claim. Porcelain is indeed white mud and porcelain studios are just as dirty as those of stoneware potters. Everything is covered in splashes and dust. Everything – the tools, the kilns – becomes a shade of yellow, of red even. Iron is always there, too, and this proximity with porcelain which seemed to have banished it astonishes me. So I use it. My porcelain is sometimes stained with ochre and the glazes I have developed for this exhibition are all iron-based: tenmoku, kaki and celadon. But my alchemy also happens in reverse. I throw my stones up in the air, but I also attempt to magnify their fall and crush in the hope of obtaining a delicate and wonderful balance between the sky and earth.”

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17. Poesis

Unurgent Argilla

Nina Salsotto Cassina is the artist behind the project Unurgent Argilla. Her round pieces are made of clays and rocks gathered by herself. The resulting piece after firing is a tribute to its place of origin: Pantelleria, Mount Stromboli, Mount Etna or Mount Vesuvius. She captures the creative and geological processes that gave birth to each piece.

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Emmanuel Boos – “Sans titre” (Backsteinduett VI) – 2022 – Porcelaine moulée, glaçures au fer – 215 x 105 x 55 mm chaque brique © Sebastian Weindel


18. L’Échoppe des Arts

Ingrid Van Munster

“Through a door come bags of clay and of crushed rocks, and some jars of metallic oxide. In the potter’s cave, a gas kiln bubbles, and some tools are hanging on the wall where a tap burbles. With a wicked laugh, I take a piece out of the kiln. No, it’s wrong! I hold my breath. Please let the other one be good. And this is gold for philosophising.”

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19. Musée de Carouge

International Ceramics Competition of the city of Carouge

Alchemy and ceramics have always been very close, both technically and metaphorically. Whilst the practice of alchemy formerly sought to turn lead into gold, nowadays it questions the notions of success, wealth and origin which we attach to precious metals. Bling-Bling? In the framework of this competition, numerous artists have delved into this question, which is also onomatopoeia for the sound produced by the clash of golden necklaces.

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20. Espace Jörg Brockmann

Tami Izko

Tami Izko takes Via Spaventa to go to his studio every day. This is a street that lives up to its name: ‘Scary Street’. From cardboard she collected herself, she has created a series of porcelain sculptures to transmute and give a new sense to her experience of that street.

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Fringe programme

The programme of the Geneva 2022 Congress offers a wide range of activities in addition to the conferences.

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The 2022 Congress features various exhibitions alongside the conferences in partnership with local and national institutions.

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EXHIBITIONS: IAC and swissceramics

The Ariana Museum is devoting three exhibitions to the IAC. swissceramics is organising a national exhibition at two venues - the Château de Nyon and the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Neuchâtel.

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EXHIBITIONS: Museums and institutions

Many Swiss museums and institutions are joining the 50th IAC Congress.

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EXHIBITIONS: Galleries and art spaces

The art scene in Geneva and the surrounding area is working hard to offer a programme alongside the 2022 IAC Congress that is rich in diversity and talent.

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EXHIBITIONS: Young ceramics

Swiss training schools and higher education institutions are showing great enthusiasm for ceramics amount young people in Switzerland.

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Our sincere thanks.

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