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Glass: 30 years of innovation at Cerfav Vannes-le-Châtel

In 2022, Cerfav - the European Research and Training Center for Glass Arts - celebrates its 30th anniversary and participates in the international year of glass.

Cerfav, is located in France near Nancy, in Vannes-le-Châtel, a glass-making village for more than 250 years. Today, Cerfav is the French reference center for glass materials and processes.


Its exceptional multi-technical platform allows to treat all the glass processes :
- glass blowing
- casting
- fusing
- flameworking : artworking, beadmaking, and scientific instrument
- cold decoration : engraving, cut glass, ...
- stained glass
- painting on glass
- serigraphy on glass

Its FabLab proposes to apply digital processes to glass :

- 3D modeling
- manufacture of molds adapted to the glass blowing process
- making 3D prototypes
- project simulation



Cerfav brings together on the same platform, technical, artistic and scientific skills around three main activities: training, culture and research & development.


Cerfav : the only training center dedicated to glass in France

Each year, about 250 people are trained in Vannes-le-Châtel by a specialized by a specialized teaching team. Most of the professionals in the glass sector have been trained at Cerfav.

Its thirty years of experience allow a quality training adapted to the project of each one. The small groups of learners allow for a better accompaniment.



 © François Golfier (1)

"Createur Verrier" training : to concretize an artistic approach with the material glass


This training is intended for people from art or design schools who want to realize their projects in glass and create their own craft activity.

4 options are available :

- glass blowing
- warm glass forming
- stained glass and painting
- flameworking (new in september 2022)

The objectives of the two-year course :

- design and create one's own objects,
- justify his projects artistically and economically,
- acquire mastery of one or more glass techniques.

Duration : 2 years full time, 1456 hours between September and June each year

Admission deadine : june 15th

Prices and admission requirements: on request

Contact : sebastien.kieffer@cerfav.fr 


Graduation projects of our former students

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Summer classes

Each summer in july, the Cerfav offers a unique program of about twenty courses on all glass craft techniques.

Glass artists are invited to share their know-how with Cerfav's Cerfav's instructors.

Public : general public and initiated people

Program and registration : www.estivalesduverre.com 




Cerfav : a scientific research center

The Cerfav is the only French research center with such expertise in glass materials. Cerfav mobilizes its teams and workshops to meet the needs of professionals through collaborations or research services.

Human and technical resources :

- A team of doctors, engineers and technicians specialized in glass materials,
- A chemistry laboratory for research, formulation and characterization,
- Technical workshops for melting and shaping glass for semi-industrial transfer in complete confidentiality.


 © François Golfier

Customers :

- Companies producing or using or using glass, from from the artisan to the industrial to start-ups.
- Project leaders who wish to understand and use the properties of the of the glass material.

Actions :

- Provide support, advice and expertise expertise,
- Carry out studies and services,
- Participate in european research projects.

Sectors concerned :

- Packaging,
- Tableware,
- Electronics,
- Connectivity,
- Medical,
- Transportation,
- Environment,
- Handicraft.

Contact : innovation@cerfav.fr 




Cerfav : a tourist and cultural center

The Cerfav's Cultural Center has among its missions the promotion of glass art, the mediation of the glass culture, the development of tourism, the link with the territory and its residents.


Exhibition "Glass: 30 years of innovation at Cerfav Vannes-le-Châtel", Nancy Museum of Fine Arts
From March 26 to September 18

Cerfav is invited to celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Nancy Museum of Fine Arts.

On this occasion, a selection of the finest creations from glass designers trained at Cerfav will be exhibited in different spaces of the Museum. Visitors will discover a selection of artistic and design projects. This constitutes a retrospective of 30 years of Cerfav's existence and underlines the undeniable place occupied by its students who have become the actors of contemporary glass creation.

The exhibitor : Abadie Aurélie and Sauques Samuel, Balanca Lucie, Bechou Septy, Betin Pauline (photo 2), Billand Mylène, Bontems Laëtitia, Brodin Antoine, Cho Mi Yun, Cos Antonio, Cottalorda Chloé, Delaire Louis, Desgenetez Nadège, Dhaoui Tahar, Diemer Manuel, Donze Anne and Chagnon Vincent, Dufour Elise, Feracci Gabriel, Fillancq Marion, Flambard Marie, Folliot Arnaud, George Eve Et Laurent, Gonthier Lise, Gravalon Anne, Grodet Mathieu (photo 1), Isambert Sandrine, Jolivet Vianney, Kam Sung-Won, Lagriffoul Claire, Lemoine Pascal, Maeda Eri, Malicorne Claire, Mary Axelle, Michaud Elodie, Nussbaumer Thibaut, Parmentier Thomas, Pascaud Célia, Poilprez Isabelle, Riberolles Pascale, Riond Sibony Anne-Lise, Thibault Aline (photo 3), Thomas Maya, Vatrin Gérald and Villechange Alain.

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 © Nicolette Humbert (1), Pauline Bétin (2), François Goflier (3)


Glass Artist Residencies

Since 2018, the Cerfav hosts each year year, with the support of the DRAC, an artist in residence to :

- Disseminate culture and promote the arts and and techniques of glass in rural areas,

- Encourage the place of art in to encourage the place of art in the crafts,

- Stimulate contemporary creation with glass. 

2022-23 : Madame (Aurélie Ludivine)
2021-22 : Antoine Brodin
2020-21 : Alëxone (Alexandre Dizac)
2019-20 : Jenny Trinks
2018-19 : Jonas Delhaye

Contact : anne.pluymaekers@cerfav.fr 


 © Cynthia Gosset (1)