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The adventure of the Arts and Crafts in Biot
Biot distinguishes itself through the presence of a high diversity of talents and creators.
Originally, one particular discipline gave Biot its name: Pottery. The earth in Biot is rich in all the essential properties for this art form. Jar making began to develop here in the 14th century and reached its peak in the 18th century with forty or so potters exporting to different Mediterranean ports. This activity declined with the appearance of new materials, like metal, glass and plastic. There is no longer a traditional pottery in Biot.
 
Eloi Monod originally came to Biot to work with clay, in the pottery Provencal, but turned towards glass making and mastered a method for bubble making in glass, which he started to produce for tableware: he created the ‘Verrerie de Biot’ in 1956. It was here that the Young glass blowers learnt the trade of bubble glass before opening their own workshops. This activity of glass blowing, has greatly contributed to increasing Biot being known throughout the world. In 1996 Biot received the title ‘Arts and Crafts village’ for its Glass making.
                                                  
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Several artists also chose to make Biot their home, it was here that Raymond Peynet brought his “lovers” to life in 1946. Also during the 20th century, Biot saw Hans Hedberg shaking up ideas in ceramics, and Fernand Leger with Roland Brice were shaping their first contours. The arrival of Swedish artist, Torun, in 1960, brought a new dynamic to contemporary jewellery.

Today, in the footsteps of these artists, new creators continue the adventure, animated with the same enthusiasm for living and creating in Biot. Some perpetuate the traditions, others innovate new modern art. Come and visit our artists in their workshops and studios.


 

 

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