Ceramic Art Andenne team is looking forward to welcome you in Andenne (Belgium) from May 11 to June 10, 2018 to share with you our love for contemporary ceramics : exhibitions, performances, animations, ceramics fair… You will find our program on this website and on our social network (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Stay connected!
Ana-Belén Montero, Artistic Director of Ceramic Art Andenne
Ceramic Art Andenne (BE) is the new name of the former Biennial of Ceramics of Andenne (Belgium). This artistic and cultural event takes place in Andenne since 1988 and has acquired over editions national and international recognition. The event invites to learn about the industrial ceramic history of the city and aims to build a relationship with contemporary ceramists. During the event and its extensions, the city lives to the rhythm and colors of ceramics with a rich and varied program such as: exhibitions of contemporary ceramics, ceramics international fair, exhibition of works by students of academies and art schools, an artist residency program, lectures, artist demonstrations, etc. We are also aware of the importance of culture for our local community: several activities are organised to make art accessible to everyone, adults as well as children.
Ceramic Art Andenne, why ?
Ceramic Art Andenne contributes to perpetuate an action related to the history of ceramics in the city.
A brief history page
Located in the Meuse valley , the town of Andenne grew around a monastery founded around 690 by Begge , great-grandmother of Charlemagne. Andenne has not escape the romanization because of its location in the heart of the Provincia Belgica , between two Roman roads connecting Cologne to Bavay . The ramp linking the two roads and crossed the Meuse on a bridge built in Andenelle . The excavations conducted during the ’80s on the Chapter Place in Andenne and in the Grand Place of Sclayn have enabled the discovery of pottery and small objects of everyday life . Favored by its natural resources, Andenne developed a medieval pottery : the presence in the basement of a high quality clay and minerals, mainly lead and iron, necessary for the manufacture of glazes , and large forest surrounding adapted to supply the fuel feeding the many furnaces. Finally, these natural resources adds an extra chance to Andenne, that of being crossed by the river Meuse, developping the capacity of the a commercial road to the North Sea and then across the northern part of Europe. The result of research conducted in Andenne has situated the origin of a ceramic group met in many medieval archaeological sites in Belgium and the Netherlands. Collections from these excavations are a reference of this area and demonstrate the evolution of pottery. Everyday objects , tile pavement and an enigmatic masterpiece of the twelfth century are now exhibited at the Ceramics Museum of Andenne. Clay pipes of all shapes and designs , which appeared in the second half of the eighteenth century, are manufactured and highly exported worldwide. From 1783, Andenne’s manufactures earthenware pieces with multiple influences. In the early nineteenth century, porcelain creations with classic or original lines are produced. Artistic sandstone of Arthur Craco , Henri Javaux or others; ceramics pieces for everyday use, as well as refractory products are developed during the twentieth century. By Renée Slootmaekers , archaeologist (From the website www.repere.be )
Ceramic Art Andenne and the Biennial of Ceramics
The ceramic event was created in 1988 and called “Let’s see a pot” during its first two editions, quickly attracting an audience of connoisseurs and renowned artists. The event became known as the Biennial of Ceramics in 1992 and the organisation was assumed by the Cultural Center of Andenne. Not being a biennial any more, the name has changed: Ceramic Art Andenne is born for the 2018 edition. Ceramic Art Andenne is fully dedicated to provide visibility to the art of ceramics. It is a special place to talk, discover, touch, hear and see what is happening in the world of contemporary ceramics in its diversity of forms.