Greetings and a warm welcome to our vibrant community! We're thrilled that you're considering our flexible residency program, where creativity knows no bounds, and artistic expression finds its true home. Nestled in the heart of the enchanting south of France, our quaint village awaits to embrace you with open arms.
Here, amidst the picturesque landscapes, you'll discover a haven for artistic exploration. Our residency program is designed with your flexibility in mind, allowing you the freedom to delve deep into your process, unburdened by constraints. Whether you're a seasoned ceramic artist or a passionate novice, our doors are wide open to artists of all backgrounds and experiences.
Our small village, located on the Mediterranean, provides a safe and nurturing environment, fostering not only your artistic growth but also offering a chance to savor the authentic charm of French village life.
Picture yourself sculpting clay in a sunlit studio, exchanging ideas with fellow artists in our communal spaces, and finding inspiration around every corner of our charming streets. Your journey with us goes beyond just creating art; it's about forging connections, expanding your horizons, and embracing the magic that happens when passionate individuals come together, and exchange information, inspiration and forge friendships.
We invite you to join us on this artistic adventure, where the warmth of the sun matches the warmth of our community. Let your creativity flourish, surrounded by the beauty of the south of France, and let the village become your muse.
Bienvenue! Welcome to a place where your artistic dreams can take flight.
It is easy, with Nice being the closest, and second largest, airport in France. By car it is 1h15m to Nice, 1h to Antibes, 45 minutes to Cannes, 1h2 to St. Tropez with many charming villages in between. The train station is in the center of Saint-Raphaël, with a direct train (TGV) to and from Paris. The outdoors are easily accessible, by car and bicycle, as are the main cities, by train. One can fly anywhere to explore other countries, while having a base in France. The links section has a links for car, bicycle and motorcycles rentals. Easy Jet is the least expensive, and recommended, airlines to travel within France.
We're excited to share with you the numerous benefits of accommodation choices, offering a range of options at various price levels. This unique flexibility not only caters to diverse preferences but also plays a pivotal role in keeping the overall cost of your studio experience remarkably low. Allow us to delve into the advantages of this approach:
In essence, our commitment to offering a range of accommodations is rooted in our desire to make artistic opportunities accessible to all. We firmly believe that this approach not only enhances your studio experience but also allows you to make the most of your time, resources, and, most importantly, your artistic journey.
I am so lucky to have Lauren so close to me. As a beginner, it was such a gift to learn from Lauren's 40+ years in the industry. Right away, I felt Lauren's skills as a teacher - super patient, knowledgeable, and kind. The environment nurtured my creativity and I progressed significantly in the month I was with her. The studio is lovely - lots of natural light, well laid out, and clean. I already look forward to doing another intensive or workshop with her. Highly, highly recommended.
Ivonne SanchezNice, France 2022
Since my arrival here in Saint Raphael my eyes and heart have been alive with the color, architecture and life around me. Riding my bike and wandering on foot has provided me with the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the red rocks, aqua water and calm culture through my camera lens. Each day I have brought the spirit of this beautiful place back to the studio and through drawing, sculpting and throwing on the wheel, clay has retold the story of my experience here. It is not often I am able to be quiet, but I have found that the IaRex l'Atelier, with its beautiful views and peaceful vibe is an ultimate haven for creating in nurtured solace. Best of all I am leaving with not only new work particular to this place, but a new friendship with Lauren, a valued contributor to the ceramics community. Her welcoming presence and knowledgeable command of the arts is a perfect balance to lead you through your stay here.
I spent five weeks taking ceramics classes at IaRex l'Atelier and had the most amazing time! Lauren is a natural teacher - she was quickly able to gauge my skill level coming in and tailor my classes to what would help me improve most. With her guidance over a few weeks I learned how to keep pieces centered; pull walls with uniform thickness; make pieces with a specific form in mind; throw large bowls, vases, rounded forms, and jars with lids; paint with underglazes; recycle clay; organize a studio; and so much more. Lauren was encouraging as I learned new skills, and helped me gain a more general appreciation for the art form. Outside of classes, she always made sure that I was doing okay with living abroad for the first time and offered her help wherever she could. Most importantly, it was wonderful to have her company during my time there and I learned many life lessons from her that extended beyond ceramics.
The studio is a beautiful place to create - it has lots of sunlight, is well supplied with tools, and is kept very organized and clean. Saint Raphael was also a nice place to stay with the beach just a few minutes away and boulangeries all around. It was really easy to take the train up and down the coast to Nice and Marseilles, and there were even direct lines to Paris and Lyon.
I loved my first month at the studio so much that I came back again for a second set of classes, and know that as soon as I find the time in my schedule I would like to go back again. I would highly recommend the program to anyone looking to either improve their ceramic skills or to create with dedicated time and space in a beautiful part of the world.
In the midst of a beautiful cross-breeze, we made things out of Spanish black clay on the wheel and by hand. It just a short time, Lauren’s studio and its surrounding town charmed its way into our hearts and for sure, we will be back for another stay.
The ceramic studio from laRex Atelier is well equipped and has lots of space. It is the perfect place to explore new ideas and create new works. With the great support of Lauren Kearns, the host, I had a good time working and learning new things about ceramic materials. Whatever you need, she will help you with it. St. Raphael is also perfect to explore the surrounding area and get impressions of the easy French feeling in cote Azur. I hope to come back soon to this inspiring place.
The international Artist Residency Exchange in Saint Raphaël hosted by Lauren Kearns is a place where creativity and collaboration thrives. The studio environment is spacious, well equipped and full of natural light. The opportunity to gather and grow creatively at IARE brings artists together from all over the world to make lasting connections. Art is alive on the Côte d’Azur. Who wouldn’t want to be there?
The International Artists Residency Exchange provides the perfect ambiance for a creative flow, with abundant materials and expert teaching, against a backdrop of sea and sand in the charming South of France. A minutes!
Lauren’s studio brings together a phenomenal teacher - Michelle Gregor - and the most fun group of artists, keen to share and learn from each other. Laughter and artistry and a bit of work, a perfect combination...... Lauren is a great warm and kind host and a great artist. She made us feel at home immediately.
J’ai eu la chance de participer à un atelier de cinq jours conduit par Michelle Gregor au studio ‘International Artist Residency Exchange’ durant l’été 2023. Ce fût une occasion d’échanges enrichissants avec des personnes de différents horizons dans un studio bien organisé, vaste et lumineux. Par dessus tout nous avons eu des enseignements précieux offerts avec générosité par Madame Gregor. Malgré la courte période de cet atelier, nous avons appris sur le modelage,la composition, le traitement des surfaces, l’harmonisation des couleurs, préparation des pièces pour la cuisson et avons été en mesure d’effectuer une cuisson pour ramener à la maison certaines de nos créations de la semaine!
Merci a Madame Gregor pour le partage de son art et expertise!
Merci au studio ‘International Artist Residency Exchange’ pour l’organisation de cet atelier!