Years ago, I went to an art supply/frame shop and selected the kind of frame I wanted. Then came the question.
“Are you an artist?”
I knew the question aimed at some kind of discount for artists, and I didn’t want to misrepresent myself.
“Well, I do paint.”
“Then you are an artist!”
And there you go – in the instant of the young man’s proclamation, I became an artist. Officially. I should be embarrassed to admit that I left the shop murmuring to myself, “Then you are an artist!”
Believe it or not, though, this little missive is not about my artistic bent, but about French artisans. Take a little imaginary trip with me for a moment.
You are an artist, filled with perhaps multi-generational skills, with the vision and talent to produce stunning textiles or sculpture or jewelry or glassware. Scattered about your atelier are works in progress awaiting your finishing touches.
Do you think you also would be equally capable of marketing your goods? Of mapping out a business plan? Of choosing the right outlets for your creative genius? Doubtful. The same deft hand that gilds a sparkling vase or elegant necklace does not necessarily have the time, inclination or know-how to present his/her creations to the world.
Voila! Therein lies the origins of Ateliers d’Art, founded nearly 150 years ago to defend the common interests of ceramists and glassmakers. Since then, the organization has grown to include sophisticated merchandising and ongoing support for artisans from many disciplines.
Here’s the good news for those traveling to Paris. In 2001, Ateliers d’Art opened their first Talents artisan boutique at 26 Avenue Niel near L’Etoile in Paris. The boutique showcases a delightful collection of limited editions and decorative objects – tableware, lighting, furniture, jewelry and more.
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