Biot

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Mayor

Madame Guilaine DEBRAS

Number of inhabitants 9 118
Department Alpes Maritimes
Town Hall 8/10 Route de Valbonne
06 410
BIOT
Tél. : 04 92 91 55 80
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THE ADVENTURE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS IN BIOT

Situated at the heart of the Cote d’azur, Biot is distinguished by a remarkable artistic heritage and the presence of a large diversity of talented creators.

Since the 14th century, Biot has been famous for the fabrication of the clay jar, up until its decline linked to the appearance of new materials.  In 1956, Eloi Monod developed a simple bubble effect in glass and created the Verrerie of Biot.  This is where young glass blowers were trained, before creating their own workshops.  In parallel, numerous artists settled in Biot: Raymond Peynet brought his lovers to life here from 1946, whilst Hans Hedberg was shaking up the world of ceramics, and Fernand Léger was sculpting his first contours with Roland Brice.  The arrival of the Swedish artist Torun in 1960 sparked a real dynamic in the creation of modern jewellery.

 

THE CREATORS OF TODAY

Today’s designers continue this adventure.  Since the last pottery, the Provencal Pottery, closed its doors in 2011; four highly talented ceramic artists have been devoping their more contemporary art.  Ten independent glass blowers currently create in their own workshops.  Six glass blowers are open to the public, including the Verrerie of Biot, which received the label of Living Heritage enterprise in 2007.  A new generation of four goldsmiths and jewellers have taken over.  Leather makers, blacksmiths, photographers, illustrators, and graphic designers complement the palette of Biot’s Art and Crafts

 

THE LOCAL COUNCIL SUPPORTING ARTS AND CRAFTS

The town of Biot organises art and craft exhibitions all year long at the Tourist Office in Biot.

They fund the museum of history and Biot pottery, where there is a succession of exhibitions by recognised contemporary ceramists.
In addition the town of Biot has joined with Tacoma (Washington state, USA) for a twinning dedicated notably to Glass blowing, to promote exchanges between the glassworks, organizing exhibitions and more.

Biot participates, alongside other towns in the department also holding the label ‘arts and craft village’: in an arts and crafts brochure, and a special summer evening held at the Hippodrome in Cagnes sur Mer, this is in honour of the local arts and crafts.

 

Finally, Biot is engaged in creative tourism, focusing on participatory creative experiences through art and craft workshops.  Biot is positioned, after Paris as the second “Creative friendly” destination in France.