The origin of the studio

  • © picture T.de Baumont / MAV, Sars-Poteries

  • Furnace room © picture E.Watteau / MAV, Sars-Poteries

  • Cold working shop © picture P.Puklus / MAV, Sars-Poteries

  • Assembly shop © picture E.Watteau / MAV, Sars-Poteries

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The origins of the Sars-Poteries glass studio

In 1976, Louis Mériaux set up the first workshop in an old barn in the village where former glassworkers would come to blow glass. Ten years later, the first summer universities were organized to which artists came from far and wide. When the management of the museum and workshop was taken over by the Nord Département in 1994, the artists-in-residence program of really took off, accompanied by a wide programme of courses. A brand-new, custom-built workshop was opened in 2001 and receives international artists-in-residence twice a year A great number of courses run by artists are offered throughout the year, and the workshop equipment can also be hired.

The only studio glass workshop of its kind in Europe

The 1200m² glass studio was designed especially to offer artists the ideal facilities in which to exercise their creativity. Its state-of-the-art equipment includes a fully equipped cold-working shop, pot furnaces, fusing ovens, pâte de verre ovens, torches, sanders, etc. These facilities, which are unique in Europe, allow internationally renowned and young artists alike to carry through their most ambitious artistic projects.

An environment conducive to artistic inspiration

Nestling in the heart of the Avesnois countryside, the studio is 500 metres from the centre of Sars-Poteries, a village with a population of 1500. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and there is a developing tourist industry in and nearby the village. The village itself boasts a few shops, a trail along the old railway track (Voie Verte), and nearby there is a holiday village and leisure centre (Valy Joly) and some fine local history museums (Ecomusée de l’Avesnois, Musée de la Poterie, etc.).
Closed to the general public, the workshop is exclusively reserved for artists and students in order to maintain the ideal conditions for artistic creation. 

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