Eclats de verre

Glass traditions in Normandy from the sixteenth century to today

2 June 2018 to 30 September 2018

With the Eclats de verre exhibition, you have an overview of glassmaking traditions in Normandy, from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, while discovering the know-how required to make objects and many possibilities that glass has.

Normandy has traditionally been a glassmaking region, beginning back in the sixteenth century. Before the French Revolution, glassmaking facilities were located near large forests and the production of flat glass was reserved for noble families. Small glassworks produced household glassware, and in the nineteenth century, this industry shifted towards household glassware and glass bottles, especially in the Bresle Valley and in the Orne. In the twentieth century, “artistic” glassware could be found in glassworks and Norman studios.

Today though, glass is a modern material that has technical, environmental, and aesthetic qualities in the twenty-first century, thus giving it many different uses in industry, architecture or contemporary glass arts.



An exhibition presented from 2 June to 30 September 2018, from Wednesday through Sunday, in the afternoons from 2:00 until 6:00, at the Musée du Pays de Conches - Arboretum - Rue Paul Guilbaud, 27190 Conches (Tel. 02 32 37 92 16).

The Eclats de verre exhibition was organised through a partnership with the Musée des Traditions et Arts Normands - Chateau de Martainville, where it was presented in 2017.

Co-edition of a 98-page exhibition catalogue.