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The facility, the oldest in its field in Spain, is approaching its big anniversary immerse in arrangements, and foresees a bright future

The Comunitat Valenciana is one of the territories with more crafts tradition in all Europe. That is why it counts with an important industry, artisans, museums and, of course, schools. The dean – from all Spain – is settled in Manises. Is the Escola d’Art i Superior de Ceràmica (EASC) and in 2016 it celebrates its centenary. “Our main goal is to take advantage from the centenary to relaunch the School and reassert our educative commitment to the crafts world,” explains the deputy director from the facility, María José Sanz.

They are preparing a series of exhibitions and various initiatives, preparations in which they are now working on. “We are very excited,” confesses Sanz, even though it is still early to confirm areas and dates. However, according to the preview said in Sibarita News, they can now specify that everything will start from mid January 2016, and that the setting will be the main museums and cultural areas of the Valencian Community.

They will schedule exhibitions “with diverse topics that range from industrial design to craft jewellery, also traditional pottery or pottery sculpture, alongside with lectures and leisure activities.”

In this place, students may attend two types of courses: Associate Degree in Artistic Pottery, and Higher Education in Visual Arts in Pottery. This school has seen many students from different nationalities, although the number has decreased in the last years due to the crisis and the lack of scholarships.

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From these nearly one hundred years, Sanz prefers not to highlight any historic moment of the EASC because she assures the most important thing to do is “to keep the good work and to provide values and commitments to the pottery world.” She admits, though, these are uncertain times that will take time and effort to overcome. Fact is that, the crisis is not just an economic issue, says the deputy director, “it also represents a change of values that affect the making of pottery products, and we will have to learn how to reinterpret them and give them the new sense that society wants.”

This is a devastating truth. This school has seen many students from different nationalities, although the number has decreased in the last years due to the crisis and the lack of scholarships: this year they have 98 students, but in the past they reached close to 300.

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