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Les Tupiniers du Vieux-Lyon
Les Tupiniers du Vieux-Lyon
Les Tupiniers du Vieux-Lyon - 2017 - Terre, bois et feu
Les Tupiniers du Vieux-Lyon

The Tupiniers du Vieux-Lyon

9th and 10th of September 2017 – Place Saint-Jean and surrounding area. Discover an Ancestral Craft in Old Lyon with Les Tupiniers

Les Tupiniers? What is it?

This old French word dates back to the Middle Ages: the tupin was a container made of clay, and tupiniers were potters.

Once a year, Les Tupiniers du Vieux-Lyon gather for a weekend to bring this ancestral art back to life with a craft market, reminiscent of the great medieval fairs for which Lyon was famed.
 This friendly gathering is more than just a large market, however: people of all ages and walks of life can enjoy a leisurely browse through the stalls.

140 potters come from all over France and Europe to present their latest creations and share the delicate craft that is ceramics.
 It is an opportunity to see first-hand how pottery has evolved through the centuries to remain creative, modern and full of life!

With unique works of art, tableware and decorative objects, here is a chance to admire an age old skill revisited by passionate craftsmen and women and maybe purchase a gift for someone special (or yourself)! 

Each year, a theme is selected to set the tone for the activities and exhibition organised by the potters.

In 2017… 

140 carefully selected potters from around France and Europe will be attending this major pottery and ceramics market.

For its 32th year, the Marché des Tupiniers has chosen the theme ‘Earth, wood and fire’.

This year’s theme refers to the practice of wood firing, which survived from the Neolithic period all the way to the nineteenth century. It has now mostly been replaced by firing with gas or electricity, but still remains the preferred method of some ceramicists, in particular due to the effects that it can produce.

It is no coincidence then that the 2017 guest of honour is La Borne, a traditional potter village in the Cher department, where this method of firing is still widely practiced. A major exhibition presents the work of La Borne ceramicists and ceramicists from elsewhere who also employ wood firing.
The theme is also highlighted thanks to a photographic exhibition, screenings and a model of a wood kiln.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Entrance to the market and exhibitions is free.

www.tupiniers.com

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