I am from l’Etivaz where my parents ran the hotel-restaurant Le Chamois for more than 40 years. I have deep roots here in the Pays-d’Enhaut and I have been one of the founders of the Choir of L’Etivaz in 1974. In the ‘80s, with some friends we opened a small craft shop in the village where I exhibited my crochet work. It’s by chance that in 1995 I learned glass engraving thanks to lessons given by Mrs. Saugy from Rougemont. For me it was a “love at first sight” affair and I was so happy to develop this new art, up in my valley of the Torneresse.
Let’s talk technique: glasses, if possible in crystal, are engraved according to my models or sketches proposed to me. Engraving is done using a pen-like hand tool equipped with a tip of 0.1 to 0.3 or even 1mm in diameter. The model to be engraved is placed inside the glass and I engrave it by transparency. The engraving is up to 0.25mm deep and once it is completed I manually spread a gray or golden paste deep into the grooves where it securely sets. And that’s it! The engraving is very resistant and the glasses can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Each part is individually engraved and this process can take up to 2 hours just to engrave one glass.
I participate in the Christmas Market organized by the Tzam’Artisans and we share great moments of art and friendship. I love practicing an art that simply gives me the pleasure of….bringing pleasure to others. I also love to work with unique objects to engrave, such as bowls. I only have great memories of my contacts with clients, who come from all horizons.