AEuCC has been part in the recent months of an important European Horizon Project of Cluster 2 Heritage in the field of handicrafts, titled: “TRAFT: CRAFTSMANSHIP FROM TRADITION APPROACH TO FUTURE”.
Thanks to a strong collaboration between all partners, the main initiatives of the project are:
- general project management;
- research and analysis activities by gathering requirements and analyzing real and common needs of the craft sectors all around the EU and some associated countries. This information will serve as requirements for the technical work packages WP3, WP4 and WP5;
- support the research and innovation about the possibilities of the new cutting-edge technologies in the craft sector. Those technologies will be related to different aspects of the creative path, from product development to production, including all the stages of the craft sector value chain;
- define the technology transfer process and test and experiment with technologies in the real craft sector by future and actual artisans and develop new professionalism, carriers and future CV of the new craftsman;
- create a platform in order to support technological developments of the WP3 and WP4, but also to share knowledged, techniques, materials and processes data registered in WP2 with the immersive experiences of the real artisans;
- communication, dissemination and exploitation of all results through many activities and events (with AEuCC as WP-leader).
The project was started and submitted by initiative of AEuCC which is, together with the lead partner University of Bologna, one of the main coordinators. Other partners are: Meditech Consortium for Innovation of Naples representing 7 universities, the World Craft Council Europe (European federation of craftsmanship chaired by Elisa Guidi of ARTEX), the University of Stuttgart and University of Leiria, Academy of Riga and Academy of Wroclaw, but also 3 very important private companies, such as Colorobbia, leader in the ceramic and glass materials sector, Cerámica Cumella of Barcelona, supplier of materials and technologies to the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guel and collaborator of architects such as Renzo Piano and protagonist of the “new European Bauhaus” and Manufaktura, the main company of Boleslawiec ceramics, and the very important Turkish City of Kutahya (with its partner Simpas)
Here the full list of participants:
- UNIBO Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna Italy
- AEuCC European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Cities of Ceramics limited Spain
- MEDT Consorzio Meditech – Mediterranean Competence Centre 4 Innovation Italy
- WCCE World Crafts Council Europe Ireland
- IPLEIRIA Politécnico de Leiria Portugal
- KUT Kutahya Municipality Turkey
- USTUTT University of Stuttgart Germany
- AAL Art Academy of Latvia Latvia
- CECUM Cerámica Cumella Spain
- COLOR Colorobbia Italy
- AADW Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław Poland
- MNFK Manufaktura Poland
- SIMPAS SIMPAS Turkey
WMN & Art / Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Project meeting in Portugal
On the 6th and 7th of June, the project partners were hosted by CTCP (Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal) in S. João da Madeira, Portugal.
Final meeting > June 27th and 28th, 2022 in Turkey
CLAY project – Interreg Europe
Project meeting in Horezu – Romania / June 2nd – 3rd, 2022
The South-West Oltenia Regional Development Agency, as partner of CLAY – “Cross Sector Support for Innovative and Competitive Artistic Ceramic SMEs” project, organized together with the project leader, the Umbria Region of Italy, the first meeting of the second phase of the project.
The event, attended by partners from Italy (Umbria Region and the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Cities of Ceramic) and from Portugal (Technology Center for Ceramics and Glass), together with relevant regional actors in the field of artistic ceramics, took place in Romania, Horezu – one of the representative places for authentic Romanian ceramics, between 2nd – 3rd of June 2022. Partners from France (Association for the Development and Promotion of the European Ceramics Center) and Finland (Southern Ostrobothnia Regional Council) also joined online the event.
The purpose of organizing the event was to exchange experiences and point of views on the first year of implementation of the action plans in the project regions, between the partner countries and also to identify possible improvements for the second year of implementation.
The meeting was opened with the speeches of:
– Mr. Ștefan-Cătălin Catană – Interim General Director of the South-West Oltenia Regional Development Agency;
– Mr. Nicolae Sărdărescu – Mayor of Horezu City Hall;
– Mr. Eugen Săvulescu – President of the Association LAG ”Horezu Microregion”.
The event continued with the presentations concerning the progress of the action plans implemented in the five regions covered by the project: South-West Oltenia Region in Romania, Umbria Region in Italy, Southern Ostrobothnia Region in Finland, Centro Region in Portugal and Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in France.
Also, during the meeting were discussed the future steps to support SMEs in the field of ceramics, granting increased attention to product and process innovation, while maintaining the tradition of ceramics.
On the second day of the event, were organized study visits in the region, as follows:
– the first study visit took place in the workshop of the local ceramic artist, Sorin Giubega, from the village of Olari, Horezu, recognized by UNESCO for his works, as ”human treasure”. The artist talked about the craft of pottery, about the traditional pottery of Horezu and he also made a short demonstration of shaping and decorating clay.
– the second study visit took place in the store of Nicoleta and Laurențiu Pietraru, who developed a business in the field of ceramics through a unique marketing method. The store is, in fact, a unique construction in the area, it reveals a huge pot, representative of the traditional ceramics in the region.
– the third study visit was organized at the Romanian folk pottery fair ”Cocoșul de Hurez”, which reached its 50th edition, this year. The event brought together Romanian potters who presented their creations in an unique exhibition in the country.
18th of February 2022. It was held online an extraordinary meeting of the Presidents and Directors of the National Associations of Cities of Ceramics, members of AEuCC, opening the third year of the Presidency of Xarier Morant, representative of the City of Manises and of Spanish Association AeCC.
The meeting was an opportunity to congratulate and welcome the two representatives of the Portuguese AptCVC Association: Mr. Miguel Capão Felipe (President of the Board of the Portuguese Association and City Councilor of the Municipality of Aveiro) and António Felgueiras (President of the Assembly of the Portuguese Association and City Councilor of the Municipality of Mafra ).
Miguel Capão Felipe, President of the Board of the AptCVC and City Councilor of the Municipality of Aveiro
António Felgueiras, President of the Assembly of the AptCVC and City Councilor of the Municipality of Mafra
During the meeting the Presidents’ and Directors’ Board was updated about the European Projects which AEuCC is preparing for the next future and particularly the Horizon Craft (TRAFT) with deadline in April 20.
It was also discussed the coming implementation of “Good Morning Ceramics !”, that will take place on next May 21 – 22: born in 2015 as “Buongiorno Ceramica !” the “widespread festival of Italian ceramics”, now at its eighth edition, thanks to the success of the event in its first editions in Italy, has developed into “Good Morning Ceramics !”, gradually finding adherence in numerous European countries (Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Malta, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Turkey, etc.).
CLAY project – Interreg Europe
Interregional learning event
Hosted by the Lead Partner, Regione Umbria, in Perugia (Italy)
on December 16th, 2021
December 16th, 2021 – The partner of the Interreg Europe CLAY project (Cross Sector support for Innovative and Competitive Artistic Ceramic SMEs) has met in Perugia (Italy) to discuss the pandemic impact on the CLAY regions, sharing successful experiences and best practices.
On Wednesday 15th of December 2021 it was held the AEuCC general assembly, in Deruta (Perugia, Italy) with the possibility to participate online.
It was recorded the presence of 26 members of the EGTC and observer cities from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal, Romania, Austria, Turkey.
Dear members, partners, stakeholders, Dear friends,
here you find enclosed the convocation to the next AEuCC assembly and board that will take place in Deruta (Perugia, Italy) on December 15th at 17.00 at the Regional Museum of Ceramics – convocation 13 dic 2021 zoom and Deruta
After the Assembly, on the 15th of December, there will be a dissemination event of the Erasmus+ project “wmn&ART”.
AEuCC Assembly will be followed on the next day December 16th (9.30 – 16.30) by a Interreg Europe CLAY project (in which AEuCC is partner) conference “The pandemic impact on CLAY Regions”, to which you are kindly invited.
On Friday, November 19, an important meeting was held online between some of the Cities of Ceramics in Turkey to continue working towards the creation of a new Association in this nation, which is so important and prestigious for the sector of artistic ceramics.
Those present at the meeting included Mayors, managers, officials and consultants from the Cities of Kütahya, Avanos, Çanakkale and Bilecik, who were engaged in detailed discussions for an immediate launch of the AtrCC with the adhesion of four Cities, in addition to which it is believed that at least another five may join soon.
The General Secretary and Project Director of AEuCC, Giuseppe Olmeti, commended the operation, expressing the enthusiasm with which AEuCC regards this launch, and the hope that AtrCC can join AEuCC, which would represent the first case in Europe of an EGTC comprising a component from outside the group of EU nations. Olmeti also pointed out to the Turkish friends just how positive the different experiences implemented in the various national ceramics networks can be in promoting friendship, cooperation, national ceramics identities and the development of concrete projects.
An in-depth discussion between AEuCC and Turkish Cities developed in an extremely satisfactory manner, leading to an increased awareness about the importance of the creation of a national association, for which City of Kütahya has accepted the task of managing the Secretariat for the preparation of the statute and internal regulations, including rules relating to the Presidency, for which it was decided that it will change once every year or two years.
A working group, consisting of Giuseppe Olmeti and Oriol Calvo, for the AeuCC, and Mehmet Zenci and Pinar Adanali, for the Turkish side, is already working on the definition of technical aspects.
The Mayor of Kütahya Alim Isik, along with the Mayor of Avanos Alper Ibas, the Mayor of Bilecik Semih Sahin and the Director of Cultural and Social affairs of Çanakkale Ozlem Eryigit, greeted the AEuCC and promised a visit as soon as possible in one of the European Cities of Ceramics to sanction the pact of friendship and collaboration that, in fact, has already begun.
Shown below, the words of Massimo Isola, President of AiCC- Italian Association Cities of Ceramics and Mayor of the Faenza Municipality:
“I am very happy to see the Turkish cities of ceramics working towards the creation of a national association in this field.
For us, talking about ceramics means talking about our civilization and our communities. Ceramic production has an economic dimension, of course, but it also absorbs an idea of the world, the passage of time, styles and habits. But, to be incisive, ceramic production needs to be up to date and to reflect contemporary time and its changes.
The national associations of Ceramics, together with AEuCC, are working precisely to enhance the future of ceramics between tradition and innovation: the more we are, the better we can tackle this topic.”