Caroline Andrin

Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Caroline Andrin (Switzerland, 1972) is a renowned ceramic artist. She works with found/assembled objects and materials, transforming them according to context and location.

Caroline Andrin grew up in Switzerland. She discovered ceramics while studying at the École supérieure des arts appliqués (now Head) in Geneva. Shortly after graduating, she was awarded the Federal Prize for Applied Arts, which enabled her to travel to Japan and take up a residency at the Swiss Institute in Rome. She then spent several years from Oxford to Montreal, before arriving in Brussels, where she currently lives with her three children. Since 2006, she has been a teacher in charge of the ceramics department at Ensav de La Cambre in Brussels. She shares her time between teaching and working in the studio.

Her personal practice lies somewhere between art and design, involving experiments that link know-how and reflection on the design of objects. Her work focuses on the moulding technique, replacing traditional plaster moulds with found objects such as a cardboard tube or a pair of leather gloves. She is interested in metamorphoses, processes and techniques, questioning the history of the ceramic medium through the use of objects, the context in which they were made and the stories that accompany them.

Caroline Andrin  (Lausanne, Switzerland 1972)


 1992-1995 Ecole supérieure d’arts appliqués, section céramique – création d’objets, Geneva, CH



From 2006. Teacher responsible for the ceramics option at the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre, Brussels, B

Awards / Grant

2011 Federal Design Prize, CH

2006 Design Prize, XIXth International Ceramics Biennial, Vallauris, F

2000-2001 Scholarships Ikea Foundation (Switzerland) and Fern Moffat Foundation

1999 Encouragement prize, Kiwanis-Förderpreis 1999, Bern, CH

1998 Prize from the Association des Musées de Nyon, Triennale de la porcelaine, Nyon, CH

1997-1998 Member of the Swiss Institute in Rome, artist in residence

1996 Federal Prize for Applied Arts, CH

1995 Prize from the cantonal fund for decoration and visual art, Geneva, CH

Public collections, acquisitions

2015 Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, B (works on deposit at TAMAT, Tournai, B)

2006 Musée Magnelli, Musée de la Céramique, Vallauris, F

2004, 2013 Mudac, Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne, CH

2003, 2006 Ariana Museum, Geneva, CH

1999 Fonds Cantonal de Décoration et d’Art Visuel, Geneva, CH

1998, 1999 Musée historique et des porcelaines, Nyon, CH

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2023 The Lion’s Auspices, Queens Brussels, B

2021 La part animale, Corps étrangers, Eleven Steens, Bruxelles, B

2014 Galerie Terra Delft, Delft, NL

2013 Skin Game, Galerie Marianne Brand, Carouge, Genève, CH

2012 Seconde peau, Detour Gallery, Namur, BE

2005 Anatomy of the city, Oxford-Montreal, Galerie Marianne Brand, Geneva, CH

2003 Anatomy of the city, X-change Gallery, Oxford, UK

2002 Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, B

1999 Objets intimes, Galerie Marianne Brand, Carouge, Genève, CH

Group exhibitions (selection)

2023 1400°, Porcelaine, émois et moi, Fondation Bernardaud, Limoges, F

2020 Dans ces eaux-là, Musée de la céramique, Le Phare, Andenne, B

2015 Luxe, calme & volupté, Swiss ceramics, Musée Ariana, Genève, CH, cat.

Une certaine idée de la céramique belge, Musée de la Piscine, Roubaix, F, cat.

NOW ceramics 50 years on, curator of the IN exhibitions, Tourinnes, B, cat.

2014 European Ceramic Context 2014, Bornholm, DK, cat.

2011, 2012, 2013 Collect, with WCC-BF Gallery, at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2009 56° Premio Faenza, Concorso internazionale, MIC, Faenza, I, cat.

2006 XIXème Biennale internationale de céramique contemporaine, Vallauris, F, cat.

1998 5th Triennale internationale de la porcelaine contemporaine, Nyon, CH, cat.