The 17th century Longhena library is a beautiful backdrop for this celebration of porcelain craftsmanship across Europe and Japan. The exhibition comprises work by independent master artisans including Katsuyo Aoki (Japan), Tamsin van Essen (UK) and Ruth Gurvich (France), along with pieces from porcelain manufacturers Meissen, Sèvres, Nymphenburg and Bernardaud. Together they illustrate the collaborative process between designer and artisan and the different ways in which porcelain artists in Japan and Europe approach porcelain making, considering their techniques, savoir-faire and artistic experimentation.
David Caméo has spent his career serving the decorative arts. A politics graduate, he was an advisor on the decorative arts for the French Ministry of Culture, before becoming a technical advisor for successive culture ministers and then-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. In 2003 he became head of the world-renowned French government-owned porcelain company Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, later also heading up the Cité de la Céramique Sèvres, which includes the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres and, from 2012, its sister museum in Limoges. In 2014 he returned to Paris where he ran the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (MAD) for four years.
Since 2013, he has served as Curator in charge of modern and contemporary collections at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique (National Museum for Ceramics). From 1999 to 2012, he worked at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris as Curator Assistant, in charge of the craft contemporary collections. He specialized in modern and contemporary ceramics and jewellery. Since 2004 he has curated regular exhibitions projects at the Bernardaud Foundation in Limoges. He gives lectures at European art schools and he publishes articles for reviews, catalogues, and often takes part in jury’s for international Biennales.