JEMA 2024: discover the sculptural heritage of Sèvres and its famous factory

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Laurent de Sortiraparis · Published on April 5th, 2024 at 11:59 a.m.
Take advantage of this new edition of the Journées européennes des Métiers d'Art to discover the secrets of the Sèvres factory, in the company of one of its craftsmen.

Every year, the Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art (or JEMA) gives us the opportunity to visit workshops, museums and other monuments, to discover the treasures hidden there, and the craftsmen who look after them. In the spring of 2024, from April 2 to 7 to be precise, over a thousand events will be taking place all over France.

Among this host of events are exceptional free visits to the porcelain production workshops of Sèvres-Manufacture and Musées nationaux. The Manufacture awaits us on April 4, 6 and 7 to reveal its treasures and secrets. Reservations are essential.

The Manufacture de Sèvres is a well-known art and heritage site in the Île-de-France region. Museum, Cité de la Céramique, Heritage Days... It's likely that you've already had the opportunity to discover this place and the works it contains. So there's no reason to go back for JEMA 2024...

Think again! For the Journées des Métiers d'Art, the Manufacture invites us to meet some of its craftsmen, and organizes special themed events open to all, free of charge.

Here's the program for JEMA 2024 at the Manufacture de Sèvres:

  • Thursday, April 4, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
    Exceptional visit to the Manufacture, with access to areas unknown to the public. This is an opportunity to discover the gypsothèque or the Magot, the historic storage area for the Manufacture's molds.
    Free, 15 years and over.
    Groups of 15 maximum. Registration required.

  • Thursday, April 4, 6 - 8 pm
    Architectural tour of the Sèvres Manufacture and Museum and the Jardin des Arts et du Design to discover 19th-century manufacturing heritage.
    The Musée et Manufacture de Sèvres has been housed since 1876 on a four-hectare site in the Parc de Saint-Cloud, and boasts a homogeneous late 19th-century architecture. A museum with a classical façade conceals the industrial buildings of the porcelain factory, still in operation today. JAD is a pioneer in the hybridization of know-how, promoting dialogue between art and design. Welcoming 15 craftsmen and designers, it is also a resource center for local professionals, students and enthusiasts.
    Free, 15 years and over.
    Groups of 15 maximum. Registration required.

  • Saturday April 6, 2024, 11am - 7pm and Sunday April 7, 11am - 7pm
    Opening of the gravure printing workshop and intaglio printing demonstration.
    Grain rotogravure is a photomechanical process created in the 19th century for engraving a photographic image in the depths of copper. In keeping with the world of printmaking and photography, heliogravure produces hues of almost palpable sensitivity and densities of great subtlety on paper. Open Saturday and Sunday
    Book by e-mail:
    Free admission by appointment.

  • April 2 to 7, 2024
    Activities and tours of the Jardins des métiers d'Art et du Design.
      Open doors for JAD craftsmen and designers. Encounters, demonstrations and discoveries in an intimate and exclusive setting. Meet ceramists, color designers, textile and weaving designers, wood sculptors, cabinet makers and many more.
      Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 April (2pm-6pm)
      Free, no reservation required.

      • Upcycling workshop with Andréa Crews, to see and wear your clothes differently.
        Saturday, April 06 (2:30-5:30 pm)
        Free, no reservation required
      • Introductory weaving workshop with Luce Couillet, textile craftswoman and visual artist: participatory textile sculpture
        From 6 years
        Saturday April 06 (4pm-5.30pm)
        Free, no reservation required

      Weaving the future, Dressing the body

      • Discover arts and crafts with students from the École Boulle, focusing on wood, textiles and metal.
        Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 April, 2pm to 6pm
      • Discover the world of a MakerLab, combining manual and digital practices.
        Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 April (14h-18h)
        From age 6
      • Culinary animation by students from the École Ducasse, who will offer an animation/demonstration based on pulled sugar: a shaping technique that transforms sugar into an ephemeral, tasty sculpture.

Don't miss this exceptional event on the first weekend in April!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From April 4th, 2024 to April 7th, 2024

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    2 Place de la Manufacture
    92310 Sevres

    Streetcar T2 "Musée de Sèvres" station, metro line 9 "Pont de Sèvres" station


    Official website


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