Terracotta Biennal

Ceramics Biennial

TERRACOTTA BIENNAL, Soul of earth and flame, an event that begins in 2020 with the firm purpose of interconnecting the creative hub of the catalan ceramic sector.

Due to the new COVID-19 containment measures set by the Generalitat, the exhibition and sale area (fair) that hosted the ceramic artisans of the Poctefa area has been cancelled.
However, after the intense work between the city council, Terracotta Museum and the Association of Ceramists, keeped the cultural program planned for the Terracotta Biennial because it was not affected by these new measures approved by La Generalitat.

Therefore, most of the planned activities have been keeped with a limited capacity of 50% as they are considered cultural activities: lectures, demonstrations, visits ...



The second edition will take place in mid-October 2022 and preparations will begin by the end of 2021.
An artistic cultural event with exhibitions about pottery. La Bisbal d'Empordà, capital city of pottery, organizes this new format event with the intention of showcasing the art of ceramics.
The event wants to gather together all the different aspects of pottery and their interests, it is presented as a proposition to attract gallery owners, collectors and pottery lovers. This proposal wants to become a focal point for the pottery world: a networking area to enjoy and discuss the application of pottery to other fields, like gardening, sculpting, designing or architecture, among others.

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A space to present quality innovations and the most authentic ceramics, aiming to create new contacts and synergies.
La Bisbal Biennial Ceramic Art aims to bring the diversity of ceramics and their interests together. A Festive Ceramics event of a monographic nature, addressed to professionals in the ceramics sector, galleries, specialized magazines, publishers and institutions related to ceramics.

The Exhibition space presents the soul of each producer, from the most artisan to the most conceptual, to improve the appreciation and perception of ceramics amongst society, to bring La Bisbal ceramics closer and better to market sectors with potential interest: design, interior design, gardening, architecture, gastronomy, ... to show the art of ceramics as a trade, as a possible training and professional future.
The exhibition of ceramic projects within the Terracotta Biennial of exclusive serial pieces or unique pieces (that) will be selected by the end of 2021.

2020 topic: 3D Ceramics
La Bisbal d'Empordà, capital city of pottery, organizes this new format event with the intention of showcasing the art of ceramic. The first edition revolved around the subject of 3D pottery.
With very good interaction between 3D collaborators and Ceramistes la Bisbal. For this 2021, we are scheduling actions at Terracotta's Museum I+D room, to project a second edition of the Terracotta Biennal 2022 repeating the same theme.

With the intention to set future strategies for the ceramics industry, always taking into account the history of la Bisbal's pottery, and that the pottery sector does some research, updating and stays in contact with the international markets as a way to offer quality products with more added value. Because, as it so happens with other kinds of materials, nowadays, there is a wide range of methods for 3D printing.

Thanks to the facilities of the Terracotta Museum we will enjoy exhibitions, professional meetings, performances, leisure activities, guided tours ...
The biennial wants to show the current ceramics as the thread of a shared history of a village that has its own identity and hits the present with ambition, with projection, with a captaincy spirit, without leaving the origins aside: a harmonious balance between tradition and innovation.

Terracotta Biennal, organized by la Bisbal d'Empordà's town hall and Terracotta Museum in collaboration with La Bisbal Ceramists Association, within the framework of the COOP'ART project of the POCTEFA programme, with FEDER co-financing.

COOP'ART PROJECT: within the framework of POCTEFA

Terracotta Biennal is an action created inside the project COOP'ART, formed by la Bisbal d'Empordà's town hall, Terracotta Museum and twelve other partners, and framed inside the European Programme POCTEFA for regional cooperation. This event is supported by the local Potters Association.

COOP'ART (EFA219/16) is a project developed by several French and Catalan partners as a way to foment shared strategies for innovation and sustainable development in craftsmanship inside the European Programme POCTEFA for regional cooperation, created to bolster the sustainable development of the border region shared by these countries, in which they co-found cooperation projects that affect both sides of the border and that are also managed from both sides of the Pyrenees. this is why, the participation of pottery artisans in the biennial will be a reality that encourages and promotes exchange across the border.

The project has a 65% co-founding by the European Fund for Economic and Regional Development (FEDER) through the Interregional Programme V-A Spain-France-Andorra (POCTEFA 2014-2020). POCTEFA's main goal is to reinforce economical and social integration throughout the border region between Spain, France and Andorra. Its main focus of action is developing social, economical and environmental activities in all the region through common strategies that favour the sustainable development of the area.

Project co-founded by FEDER 


Professional area: Pottery biennial

Locality: La Bisbal d'Empordà

Days: October 16th, 17th and 18th, 2020

Schedule: Friday afternoon from 16:00 to 22:00h,  Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00h and Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00h.

Place: Terracotta Museum and other locations around la Bisbal D'Empordà

Promoters: La Bisbal d'Empordà's town hall (Promotion and local development area), Terracotta Museum and la Bisbal d'Empordà's Local Pottery Association.

   • Biennial exhibition   • First edition   • Topic: 3D Ceramics   • October 2020

Project COOP'ART, framed inside the European Programme POCTEFA for regional cooperation. Project co-founded by FEDER.