MIC Conference

MIC Faenza, 26 May 2021

The conference was aimed at ceramic entrepreneurs, students, designers and those involved in ceramic production in different fields. 
Different voices of designers, artists and scholars from the production, compare their visions and experiences. Craft, art and design were also addressed through the analysis of the current economic and health crisis, because it is necessary to imagine, face and communicate a future post-pandemic vision. Through everyday objects, which come from a long and rich tradition, the focus was on research, creativity and the figure of the designer who looks to the future and offers stimuli for production.
A conference as an opportunity to reflect and expand the production space, looking far ahead.


Jacques Kaufmann, Honorary President IAC - In 1988, Jacques Kaufmann opened his current studio near Geneva, in France. From 1995 on, he has taught at the Ecole d‘arts appliqués of Vevey, and was made chair of the ceramics department in 1996. Since 1999, his activities in China have allowed him to contribute to exhibition exchanges in Europe and China. In 2008, Kaufmann joined a group at Hepia, the University for Engineering, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture in Geneva, to conduct research on "green" walls at city scale. Currently, he is the residing President of the International Academy of Ceramics. 

Giovanna Cassese, President of the ISIA - An expert in the world of higher education in the arts, she has worked assiduously to ensure that the ISIA Faenza becomes an important university center of national reference for the training of future designers, bringing attention back to ceramic design. He conceived the new library of arts and design named after Bruno Munari, which is part of the Emilia-Romagna library network, and contributed to the expansion of the educational offer with the launch of a new 2nd level course in Communication Design. It has promoted many prestigious national and international projects and awards.

Formafantasma - a research-based design studio, careful to ecology, history, social politics, with rigorous attention to creative processes and details. Since founding the studio in 2009, Italians Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin have defended the ethical values and holistic thinking of design. Their aim is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the environments we live in and propose transformative interventions through design. 

Karak design (Sebastian Rauch, Marta Rauch-Debevec, Thomas Rösler, Anne Hofmann) - a team of designers, architects and artists who share a distinctive notion of beauty. They work in the area of conflict that exists between perfection and "accidents" and believe that objects born of this tension are able to touch people on a rational and emotional level at the same time.

Karolina Bednorz - Polish designer and ceramist working in Modena, Italy, graduated from the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland, in the speciality "Art and Design in Ceramics". She studied under a scholarship programme at ISIA -Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche, Faenza, Italy and collaborated with the European porcelain manufacturer Meissen.

Introduction by Claudia Casali, director MIC Faenzanterreg / CerDee EU representative
Anna Dziwetzki, director, Porzellanikon Selb, Lead partner of CerDee

Speakers Time Slots 

Hours  09:30

Massimo Isola, Faenza Mayor, AICC and AEUCC President The situation of ceramics in Italy and Europe 

Hours 09.45 Jacques Kauffmann, Honorary President IAC-International Ceramic Academy

New possibilities in ceramic art and design after COVID

Hours 10.15 Giovanna Cassese, ISIA Faenza President, MIUR, Academy of Naples – Education in designWhat challenge for the future
Hours 10.45 
Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin) Tradition to the future

Hours 11.30 
Thomas Rösler, Karak design (in collaboration with Sebastian Rauch, Marta Rauch-Debevec, , Anne Hofmann) Tradition of the future 

Hours 12.15 Karolina Bednorz Tradition to the future