Most days we set ourselves an agenda to make the most of our visits to Paris. We choose an activity that we anticipate will be the highlight of the day and we were not disappointed on Saturday when took the metro to the last stop of the No 9 line. Here is the town of Sèvres now an outer suburb of Paris. The magnificent former palace that houses the Sèvres Porcelain workshops and exhibition rooms is just a short walk over the Seine from the metro.
The garden at the entrance has an impressive contemporary ceramic block sculpture forming a pyramid that echoes the shape of the topiary so prevalent in French gardens.The rear of the main building, just as attractive as the front.
The pathway features more contemporary ceramics.Either side of the staircase are two massive pure white urns fired with both matt and gloss glazes. The blue horizontal ceramic on the table at the top of the stairs in part of the special exhibition of members of AIC – the Académie International de la céramique that held its AGM in France this September.
In the alcoves either side of the stairs are two haphazard stacks of various dishes and plates. On one side the dishes were bisque fired and the other stack were finished with the trademark perfect white glaze. One should not touch.
Whilst we saw its permanent collection and the rooms that housed the contemporary temporary exhibition, the curators also chose to randomly add some large-scale contemporary work in the galleries containing the historical collection.