In Practice: Exhibition Les Chemins de la Création
Dates and hours
From June 15th to August 30th 2020. EXTENSION until Sunday, October 25th
Open from Tuesday to Saturday
10 am-1 pm and 2-6 pm.
Free entry – Access for disabled people.

Pôle Expérimental Métiers d’Art de Nontron et du Périgord-Limousin
Château, av. du Général Leclerc 24300 NONTRON
+33 (0)5 53 60 74 17 –

The Experimental Pole of Arts and Crafts presents its summer exhibition “Les Chemins de la creation” in the Nontron castle. More than 30 arts and crafts objects and exceptional creations will be visible next to drawings, molds, print runs and other steps of realization in order to offer to our visitors an overview of the creative process in the arts and crafts.
“Les Chemins de la creation” reunites around 20 arts and crafts creators who are part of the Experimental Pole of Arts and Crafts association around 15 varied knowhow such as the jewel creation, the fabrication of lampshades or lights, the decoration painting, the fabrication of wallpaper, the stone sculpture, the metal wire sculpture, the enamel, the lithography, the engraving, the knife manufacture, the basketworks, the puppet creation, the ceramic… They ally knowhow and creativity in order to create unique items or little series, oscillating between the object and the work of art.
What is the process which gives birth to these art objects? How does the spirit coordinate with the hand? Le ways of creation in the arts and crafts are complex. Tracing the journey from the spirit to the hand is an utopia. However, we have wanted to give an overview on the richness of this journey while exposing some steps visible next to the final work.
As a result, drawings, trials, models, molds, preliminary drafts, intermediary steps of sculpture, or modeling, items before firing or finishing steps, print runs allow us to apprehend the complexity of the arts and crafts professionals’ knowhow.
The creation in the arts and crafts is before all a matter of time, a work in the length allying intelligence and gesture.
The exhibition “Les Chemins de la creation” will unveil this creative process : a living creation, a look on the creative process, the temporality of the gesture and the way of the spirit.

This exhibition is presented for the 20 years of the Nontron Experimental Pole of Arts and Crafts.
For its 20 years the Pole is being rejuvenating ! Indeed, the works of renovation for the castle will start in September. Consequently, we have proposed to the arts and crafts professionals of our association a last collective exhibition before the works and a probable closure for several months.


Marilia Schetrite, jewel creator in precious metal wire – Sylvie Capellino, 1P2L, creator of jewels and lights in metal and leather lace – Stéphane Declercq, creator of wallpaper, decoration painter – Pierre CarcauzonArt’Pierre, sculptor – stone cutter – Amélie Hélin, hat milliner – Gérard Guillet, wood turner – Janet Cintas, Atelier Pierre et Images, lithographer – Coutellerie Nontronnaise – Charlotte Reine, engraver – Adrian Charlton, basket maker – Sandrine Rongier, Atelier Polychromies, decoration painter– Rudy Becuwe, stone sculptor – Corine Siot, Les Trois Ratons Laveurs, puppet creator – Coline Herbelot, Terres brutes et subtiles, ceramist – Ona Volungeviciute, ceramist – Marie-Pierre Dupérier, Macrealux – lampshade creator – Fanny Garrigue, sculptor with metal wire – Patricia Masson, Albedô, ceramist – Claire Lepape, La p’tite terrienne, ceramist.