Presentation of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC)
The International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) is an association founded in
1952 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Henri J. Reynaud, IAC President until his death in 1964. The Academy is today the only NGO maintaining official relations with UNESCO that operates at an international level in the field of ceramics. It brings together 67 countries and over 670 members: ceramists, potters, artists, designers, writers, cultural promoters, goodwill ambassadors, collectors, gallery owners, curators, restorers, and a panel of prestigious institutions.
The goal of the IAC is to stimulate kinship and communication between professionals in the field of ceramics in all countries. To this end, the IAC develops and encourages all forms of international cooperation to promote ceramics and strives to maintain the highest levels of production in all ceramic cultures.
Every two years, the IAC organizes a Congress that brings together over 300 enthusiastic participants and experts in the field. During these Congresses, the host city becomes a prime venue for ceramic enthusiasts. Over 30 exhibitions are organized, including IAC Members’ exhibitions and a national exhibition featuring local artists. The Congresses are also an opportunity to attend conferences on themes based on contemporary cultural issues. The next Congress will take place in 2020 in Rovaniemi, Finland, with the theme "On the Edge". IAC activities are also developed in parallel with the Congresses, including the "IAC DAY" conference cycle organized at the Ariana Museum in Geneva, and projects promoting ceramics and cultural exchanges.
Since 1958, the IAC has been affiliated with UNESCO, firstly on an advisory basis, and since 2001 as an official partner in the cultural sector. The IAC endeavors to contribute with its resources to meeting the demands of this important organization in addressing the scientific, educational and cultural issues of its member countries.