In 1997, Biot earned the “Arts and Crafts City” label for its glass crafts, symbolising both its know-how and traditions.
Arts and crafts, belonging to both the economic and cultural realms, carry the identity of Biot, with a sociocultural aspect that the label brings with it. To highlight their potential in arts and crafts, the towns of Biot, Le Cannet, Vallauris and Cagnes-sur-Mer work together in a friendly network called “Arts and Crafts Cities” and develop joint promotional campaigns.
The different faces of arts and crafts in biot
For centuries, Biot has held a special place in the esteemed field of art and handicrafts. Today, the pride of the village are the diverse professions that have forged its reputation.
In the Middle Ages, pottery began to flourish here, with the art and fabrication of earthenware vases to preserve foods and liquids. Up to the 18th century, the Biot Vase was exported around the world. Today, it has become a decorative object, but is still honoured at the Biot History and Ceramic Museum and during events organised in the town.
Since the second half of the 20th century, hand-blown glass has become the new symbol of the village. This delicate technique is used by the greatest master glassmakers to create majestic pieces, both household objects and works of art. There are several glassworks in Biot demonstrating the subtlety of the glass arts, each with their own unique creations reflecting their style.
There are also numerous artist workshops and boutiques in Biot: painters, sculptors, illustrators, ceramists, jewellers, goldsmiths, leather craftsmen, photographers and more. Artisans with a passion for their trade, with the authentic setting of a French countryside village to inspire their creations. One of the most famous artists is Fernand Léger, who worked in his workshop in Biot during the last years of his life. The building is now a monumental national museum that presents his exceptionally diverse work to the public.
Biot & glass
On a visit to an authentic glass factory in Biot, relive the history of glass arts.
There are several active artist workshops in and around the historical centre of Biot.
Faites revivre les traditions biotoises grâce au Musée d’Histoire et de Céramique qui retrace l’histoire du village et de la poterie qui a fait sa renommée