{Books} Master Artisans in France


Can you fathom possessing the title master?


To be named to the elite association

Les Grands Ateliers de France is to be honored

as a top tier master with a passion for

the arts, attention to detail, and a desire to

preserve French cultural heritage.


What if we were invited to peek inside

the ateliers of those masters?


Ahhhhhh, but we are.


Author Jean Bergeron and Catherine Laulhere

extend this invitation in their dreamy book

Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France

(Thames and Hudson, 2013)

which showcases masterful French artisans

devoted to restoration and preservation.



In 1993,

Le Grand Ateliers de France was formed by

Jean Bergeron and Laurence Bonnet

to promote expertise, ethics and respect.


Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France

Members are selected in secret by their peers,

and there are now 68 masters representing

more than 90 different craft disciplines.


In Master Artisans, we meet engravers,
printmakers, cabinetmakers, upholsterers,
weavers, jewelers, and more, all of whom

produce one-of-a-kind or limited editions

of the highest quality.


Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France

Consistent with its subject matter,
the book is gorgeously slip-cased
and simply a glory to behold.


Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France

Artisans featured inside the book include bookbinder
Jacky Vignon, harpsichord maker Reinhard von Nagel,
laquerworker Catherine Nicolas, and maker of
couture umbrellas Michel Heurtault.

Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France

If jetting to France and private entree into
the studios of the finest artisans is an option,

oui oui, send my regards and document it
all for us on instagram, s’il vous plait!


Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France

If it is not feasible, perhaps:
forego the jet lag,
reach for an adult beverage,
prepare to be inspired,
and curl up all cozylike
with this amazing title.

Peace to you
in whatever stage of masterful-ness
you find yourself, right where you are.




  1. July 26, 2016 / 2:38 am

    Looks like a wonderful book Michele! Thanks for sharing;)

    • August 1, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      thx for reading, lovely!

  2. July 26, 2016 / 8:44 am

    What a cool book! It looks like it is right up my ally!!I also have designed cards with Moo and never pressed order! think I will now yours turned out so pretty!! xo

    • August 1, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      oh good! can't wait to hear how they look.

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