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POTTERY FROM FAYOUM In 1980 Swiss ceramists Evelyne Porret and Michel Pastore decided in 1980 to live in the oasis of al- Fayoum in Tounès, 140 km from Cairo. They founded their own pottery school where nowadays about thirty pupils live in and around the area. The school is a wonderful place on the hills overlooking lake Karoun. All constructions are in local mud brick. Students, mostly children and youngsters are free to come and go, stay or leave as much as they wish. Some do now live abroad and became famous potters. The house of Michel and Evelyne does regularly host artists from all over the world. They stay with them and enjoy their artistic advice. The turntables and other supplies for the school are manufactured by the local craftsmen. Tounès became known for its pottery, and attracts every year more and more visitors. EVELYNE PORRET AND MICHEL PASTORE Evelyne and Michel met in 1970 in Geneva, and lived for while in Maine and Loire ( France). In 1977 they left for Egypt, where they eventually settled in 1980. Both artists were fascinated by pottery since their youth. They focused especially on forgotten traditional utensils. Evelyne had studied in Geneva at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs but her work is very unconventional. Michel had baked mainly on low temperature during their stay in France, till he turned towards the baking on high temperature. In Egypt, the techniques were, no doubt, more primary, but they enjoyed the challenge. They created a new style, mixing a few Asian ornaments with the traditional Islamic style. In contrast to the Western technique, they used the racu technique, which implies that the pottery is taken out of the oven on its warmest point, instead of letting it cool down. This allows the potter to personalize the piece and make some final adjustments if needed. THE SCHOOL OF AL-FAYOUM After Evelyne saw the project of Ramses Wissa Wassef, who created a workplace for weavers, she dreamed of realizing something similar for potters. She founded the school in 1988 with some help of the Egyptian government to provide classrooms. In this exceptional school were everybody comes and goes at their time, a big workplace is available for the students. The more experienced student can work in 5 smaller workplaces of 4m², provided with a turntable. There is also an oven room and an exhibition space. This spaces are all-round a spacious courtyard. All materials are local, from soil to fuel. The children who make their own toys, to tradition, learn how to handle the materials and get encouraged to exploit their creativity. Today, the older students transfer their knowledge to the younger generation. To convince parents (often shepherds or farmers) to exempt their children from working, the children get a remuneration. That’s why the pottery is sold, during exhibitions in the school or abroad. The school of Al-Fayoum is a melting pot where artist from inland or abroad are received. The exchange is intense and styles intersect. The often simple and uninfluenced look of the children on the outside world, translates itself to the universal language of pottery making.

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