After Studying ceramics at the Ecole des Arts De
coratifs of Geneva(1974～1977),
where he has teachers as Philippe Lambercy, Aline Favre
and Florent Zeller, Jacques Kaufmann worked in 2 studios
in Geneva in collaboration with Philippe Barde, from
1978 to 1984.
worked for the Swiss TechnicaI Cooperation in Rwanda, as
the chief of Ceramic Action project．It
was a fantastic exploration field at the real scale
realized not only the inter·cultural
“back to origin” of the ceramic’s technology or the
possibilities and the limits of the North-South
cooperation but, as an artist, he discovered an earth
scale which had been unknown to him; The ceramic
landscape .He also discovered a material, hundreds of;
thousands of bricks and, at the same time, a way of
thinking generated by the poverty of the available
two years necessary to digest this cultural shock, from
1986 to 1988, he studied anthropology and political
economy at the University of Geneva and entrepreneurship
at the University of Neuch tel.
In 1988, he
opened his actual studio at Frangy, near Geneva.
he directed for eighteen months the Applied Arts Center
on, he taught at the Applied Arts School of Vevey, where
he has became chair of the ceramics department in 1996.