After obtaining a Certificate of Qualification as a grinder
mechanic and sawmill operator in 1978, I worked for ten years
in this sector. At the age of 26 I took up my studies again,
and after a year of university in plastic arts, I studied for
a Certificate of Qualification as a fittings carpenter (1991),
followed by a Certificate of Qualification as a cabinetmaker
(1993), then a certificate of mastery in cabinet making in
1994, and finally specializing in marquetry in 1995, all of
this as continuing education at the federation guild of
Limoges. I established my own business in January 1996 as a
cabinetmaker-wood inlayer, and got heavily involved in the
creation of inlays at the national level.
Established in Monpazier since 2002, my creative activity in
inlay comprises several different and complementary approaches.
First in a figurative domain, my work consists of research of
the material the most similar to reality for each element of
the composition; then the work of cutting and assembling are
also part of the quality of the work. In a more contemporary
approach, the second facet of my work consists of staging the
material itself in an abstract creation. This time, the
material speaks and determines the realization of the work.
These pieces are the result of an intimate relationship with
the material, and their composition is often improvised and
spontaneous. The marquetry works that I do are mostly pictures,
but also decorative or utilitarian objects, and a few
contemporary furniture designs.
The materials used in marquetry are varied and have diverse
origins (plant, mineral, animal or even synthetic) and can be
combined at will. Wood, a living matter, it rouses everyone’s
sensitivity and emotion by its appearance, colour, veining,
texture, luminosity, touch and smell. A warm material above
all else, the life of the tree is written in its appearance,
and my job is to provide an extension of this life.
WOOD INLAY TRAINING CLASSES
Autumn class: Three-day introduction
Winter class: Introduction or proficiency during five days
Information, rates and enrolment
+33 (0)5 53 58 80 03
Tel : +33 (0)5 53 58 80 03
The Studio/Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to
12:30 and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday morning (in season) and Monday (off season)
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