The FSMS organizes for its members visits to exhibitions, museums and artists’ studios, as well as study trips, enabling them to discover major ceramic collections with the greatest specialists in the domain. These activities concern 20 to 35 participants.

In 2017, the FSMS organized for his members: one visit of the Kergolay-Langsdorf Palace in Paris in March, a visit of the Sèvres porcelain collections of the Fontainebleau Château and of the exhibition « Charles Percier, architecte et designer (1764-1838) » with the curator Christophe Beyeler in April, the visit with the curators of two exhibitions at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris « Or virtuose à la cour de France, Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813) » with Anne Foray-Carlier and « Dessiner l’or et l’argent, Odiot orfèvre » with Audrey Gay-Masuel in May, a display of contemporary ceramic works by Marie Bouyer Saint-Bris et Carole de Durfort in the former workshop of Fance Franck & Francine Delpierre in May, a visit of the exhibition « Andrée et Michel Hirlet, céramistes francs-tireurs depuis 1963 » in the Sèvres Museum with the curator Frédéric Bodet in June, two visits of the exhibition « L’expérience de la couleur » with the curator Frédéric Bodet in December.

In 2017, the Society contributed significantly to the acquisition of a prestigious pair of historical vases in Sèvres porcelain for the collections of the Sèvres Ceramics Museum. These vases had been chosen by the Emperor Napoléon Ier in December 1809, to serve as a gift to his sister, the Princess Pauline Borghèse.
To discover them, you are invited to download Vases Pauline Borghese-Hamilton Palace 1809.


A yearly one-week study trip is organized outside France generally in September or October. Shorter duration trips are also organized, mostly in France.

In 2017, the association has organized a study trip to Barcelona and Valencia, Catalonia, Spain, from October 16 to 22, with 17 participants.

In 2016, the association has organized a study trip to Vienna, Austria, from September 21 to 26, with 26 participants (detailed report in the French version).

In 2015, the one-week study trip took place from September 30 to October 6 in Napoli and Campania, with 28 participants.

In 2015 also, a 2-day trip was organized in Geneva on April 15 & 16. It was devoted to the exceptional visit of a prestigious private collection in Geneva and to the visit of the rich collections of two important museums, the Ariana Museum for Ceramics and glass and the Baur Foundation devoted to Oriental art.


The Friends of the Sèvres Museum in the Saint Petersburg porcelain manufactory

The one-week study trip of year 2014 took place from October 6th to 12th in Saint Petersburg. Two days were devoted to the visits of prestigious palaces and parks in the vicinity of St. Petersburg : Peterhof, Oranienbaum, Pavlovsk, Tsarskoïe Selo. In Saint Petersburg itself, two visits were devoted to the Hermitage Museum collections : one for the masterpieces and the other focused on the European porcelain collections with M. Jan Vilensky, curator of Ceramics in the Department of Western European Art. We also visited the Menshihov Palace with the curator, Dr. Ekaterina Andreeva, the Russian Museum (Russian Icons, ceramics and glass, folk art, paintings…), the Stieglitz Applied Arts Museum and the Museum of the St. Petersburg porcelain manufactory. The programme also included the visits of the Saint Nicholas Naval Cathedral and, in the Petrograd island, of the Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral with the graves of the Romanov dynasty.

A three-day trip from 11th to 13th June 2014 was devoted to the visit of old pharmacies (apothicaireries) in Burgundy: Thoissey, Châtillon sur Chalaronne, Bellevue, Mâcon, Châlon sur Saône, Beaune, Seurre, Louhans and Tournus.

Le groupe des Amis du musée de Sèvres devant le château de Lustheim autour de Julia Weber, conservateur

The Friends of the Sèvres Museum around Julia Weber, curator, at Lustheim Palace

The one-week study trip of October 2013 took place in Bayern. It included the visits of the prestigious collections of palaces and museums in Nürnberg (Deutsches Nationalmuseum), Bayreuth (Neues Schloss), Bamberg (Ludwig collection), Ansbach (Residenz), Munich (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, palaces of Nymphenburg et Lustheim) as well as major monuments and sites in Nürnberg (Saint Sebald church, market place), Bayreuth (Opernhaus), Bamberg (cathedral) and Munich (Marienplatz and Hofbräuhaus). The group also visited the Porzellanikon Museum in Selb et Hohenberg, partner of the European Route of Ceramics. The FSMS group had also the great privilege to visit two private collections. The last day was devoted to recalling the memory of Louis II of Bayern at Herrenchiemsee.
The warm welcome of the curators of the monuments visited and of our hosts was highly appreciated.

Since 1989, the following destinations have been explored, mainly outside France:

2017 – One-week trip to Barcelona and Valencia, Catalonia, Spain, from October 16 to 22.

2016 – Six-days trip to Vienna, Austria, from September 21 to 26.

2015 – One-week trip to Napoli and surroundings from September 30 to October 6,
and Two-day trip to Geneva in April.

2014 – One-week trip to Saint Petersburg and surroundings, in October,
and Three-day trip to Burgundy in June on the theme “Old pharmacies in Burgundy”.

2013 – One-week trip to Bayern, from Nürnberg to München, in October,
and Two-day trip to Limoges in March.

2012 – One-week trip to England in October,
and Three-day trip on the theme “Glass and crystal in Lorraine-Alsace” in April.

2011 – One-week trip to Turin and Genova, in northern Italy in October,
and Two one-day trips in Ile de France.

2010 – One-week trip to Netherlands in October.

2009 – One-week trip to Central Italy, from Venice to Rome in October,
and 2-days trip to Lyon in February.

2008 – One-week trip to Switzerland and Bade-Wurtemberg in October,
and  4-days trip to Berlin and  Potsdam in June.

2007 – One-week trip to Portugal, from Lisbon to Porto in October,
and one-day trip to Marseilles in January.

2006 – One-week trip to Dresde and surroundings.

2005 – One-week trip to  Sicily.

2004 – One-week trip to Czeck Republic.

2003 – One-week trip to Andalusia, Spain.

2002 – One-week trip to  Copenhaguen et Hamburg.

2001 – Ten days  trip to Turkey.

2000 – One-week trip to Spain : Barcelona and Madrid.

1999 – One-week trip to Northern Italy.

1998 – Eight-days trip to Russia : Moscou and Saint Petersburg.

1997 – One-week trip to Bayern : Munich, Nymphenburg …

1996 – One-week trip to Naples and surroundings.

1994 – Ten-days trip to the United States East Coast.

1993 – One-week trip to England,
and 2-days trip to Geneva and Nyon.

1992 – One-week trip to Portugal, around Lisbon.

1991 – One-week trip to Alsace, Rastatt, Heidelberg and Basel.

1990 – Six-days trip to Netherlands.

1989 – Eight-days trip to Berlin, Meissen and  Prague.