Val-David, spring/summer 2012 – The place to be in summer for anyone passionate about the ceramics arts, 1001 Pots invites all lovers of things ceramic to its 25th edition, from July 13 to August 12. Delightfully located in the sylvan beauty of the Laurentian Mountains, in the charming heart of Val-David village, the exhibition presents the heights of excellence in Québec ceramics. Set out on the magnificent site of the event’s founder, Kinya Ishikawa, the massed works of the ceramists are on show in a multitude of styles and formats. Whether grouped by individual craftsperson or presented according to themes in both indoor and outdoor displays (garden, kitchen, table art, tea, sculpture, jewelry, children’s work, decoration, collectible items…), everything has been harmoniously arranged so visitors can discover the marvels created by local artisans. And of course, they have an opportunity to take some of them home!

Earth and people

1001 Pots offers multiple opportunities to enter into the special world of ceramics and exchange with the creators. Every day, a different artisan will present his or her work. Turning demonstrations liven up the weekends, putting various talents to the task of providing sufficient bowls for the organizationLes bols du partage. The work of two artists in residence can be appreciated as well. And why not register for a course on the potter’s wheel (for adults) or perhaps enter the children for a creative workshop on moulding and shaping while you take time to wander around this peaceful site? Maybe you want still more? Well then, you should sit in on a furoshiki decoration session (multi-usage cotton cloth that can serve as wrapping) or perhaps take a kusamono workshop (small-scale Japanese garden in pots).

Earth and gardens

The 1001 Pots exhibition is well known for the beauty of its site. During the visit, you can enjoy a true moment of grace by taking tea in the Mousse garden, Zen garden or Secret garden. The intimate relationship between the art of tea-making and ceramics is also revealed in the presentation of thechawan (teapots), as well as the chakai nodate, the Japanese tea ceremony, which involves a sort of elegant and distinctive choreography. To round off this splendid bouquet, you should also attend the demonstration of ikebana, the very quintessence of Japanese floral art. Within the unusual setting of the Silica garden, cultural manifestations are also present in the form of musical concerts and poetry readings.