Raised in contact with the arts, initiated to beauty by a grandfather architect of historical monuments, calligrapher and specialist in the sacred painting of icons, Nathanaël Le Berre chooses, after studying stained glass at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d'Art, to devote oneself to metal work. He discovers with the ancient technique of the dinanderie the possibility to express his thought and his inner universe from a sheet of steel, tin, brass or copper, and to give birth, from the plane surface, to volume and space.
I need to work with my hands, to rise to a technical challenge so as not to get bored in my creations. I develop a strong sensitivity to the material. I know how it will react, behave according to the shape I want to give it.
After graduating, Nathanaël Le Berre perfected his apprenticeship in the workshop of sculptor Hervé Wahlen, while working for an ironworker and goldsmiths. In 2004, he set up his own workshop, acquiring the tools - steel hammers and boxwood mallets - that belonged to Gabriel René Lacroix, a coppersmith of the 1920s, and embarked on a path of personal creation. Text: Hélène Kelmachter
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