Atelier Tremplin

The “Atelier Tremplin” [Semester Abroad] program is specifically designed for recent graduates of Ceramic schools: undergrad or graduate cursus. The goal of the Atelier Tremplin is to provide a platform for new graduates that will assist them in making their initial steps into the professional field. The program is designed to give recent graduates a structure to develop and explore their creative voice through housing, studio space, exhibitions and opportunity for community engagement.

A.I.R. Vallauris has recently renovated and equipped a ceramic studio with the assistance of the Conseil Regionale Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur. This new space and funding allows A.I.R. Vallauris to launch Atelier Tremplin, and increase educational programming in ceramic arts.
The Atelier Tremplin is a package that includes the following:

  • Lodging
  • Studio space
  • Gallery space
  • Online space where work can be exhibited for sale throughout the duration of the program
  • Participation with masterclass workshops organized by A.I.R. Vallauris
  • Acquaintance with A.I.R. Vallauris resident artists and colleagues of the Atelier Tremplin program
  • Acquaintance with local artists of the region
  • A group exhibition at the end of the program

Benefits of the program
Provided with a complete infrastructure to facilitate the production of new work, participants will be able to completely focus on their personal creative goals. This allows artists to develop work in an environment designed for individual support and community engagement. The culture and atmosphere supports the ceramic arts through exhibitions, dialogue, and exchange.
Inspiration can be drawn from the rich artistic and ceramic traditions from the region as well as from colleagues of the program, A.I.R. Vallauris resident artists and local artists.
An outlet for sale of work is provided throughout the duration of the program in our gallery as well as our online boutique.
The first Thursday of each month the galleries and artists of Vallauris organize collective exhibition openings.

  • Participants of the Atelier Tremplin are encouraged to produce work for the monthly shows organized by A.I.R. Vallauris which will be based upon a specific theme. This opportunity encourages participants to work toward monthly deliverables of specific objects.
  • Participants will be offered the opportunity to assist in curating these monthly exhibitions.

Opportunities for additional training are also possible through participation in Master class workshops organized by A.I.R. Vallauris.
The final exhibition organized at the end Atelier Tremplin offers participants additional goals and motivation for creation as well as the experience of an international group show in the south of France.


  • Spring/Summer session:
    Tuesday May 16, 2017 to Friday August 11, 2017
  • Fall Session:
    Tuesday September 5, 2017 to Friday December 1, 2017
  • Winter session:
    Tuesday January 30, 2018 to Friday to Friday April 27, 2018
  • Spring/Summer session:
    Tuesday May 15, 2018 to Friday August 10, 2018
  • Fall Session:
    Tuesday September 4, 2018 to Friday November 30, 2018

Applicants considered for the Atelier Tremplin program are recent graduates from an undergraduate or graduate degree in ceramics. We encourage students from all over the world, with a graduate degree in ceramics, to apply. Atelier Tremplin is seeking students who are willing to be immersed in the culture of the area and the local community.
For Institutions providing fellowships for participation, the selection of candidates will be determined by the partnership.
Four participants are awarded space for each session of the program.