design & creation in Normandy – Fred the sculptor

by Sharon Santoni

[blank]Continuing my new series about the people I know in Normandy who create on a daily basis, today I would like to introduce you to Frederic.

 Fred is a friend from the brocante fairs.  Our paths often cross early on a Sunday morning, hunting for treasure at a sale in a field or on the windy path of a country village.[blank]

[blank]But besides dealing in antiques and brocante, Fred is a creator.  [blank]
Make that Creator with a capital C.
Metal is his medium, and in his hands it sings.[blank]
 [blank]I went to see him in his workshop, in an old disused mill, with the constant roar of water from behind the old brick building, and ivy creeping up the walls.

I expected him to talk to me about the finer points of welding, or the qualities of tin and chrome.[blank]

[blank]But instead he talked to me of the soul.

  Of his own…

  and that of the objects he creates.[blank]

[blank]At the moment he is creating sunburst mirrors.  He explains that the mirror for him is a mysterious object, reflecting an image, an atmosphere … inviting the user into a deeper world.[blank]

[blank]He finds the old convex mirrors and builds the sunburst theme around them.  A long and painstaking creative process … that he loves.[blank]

[blank]The mirror he just finished when I arrived is particularly beautiful, built around an oval mirror.[blank]

[blank]He creates other objects too, and today his art is sold in Paris, from where it moves across the world.  Pieces of his work have already been crated up and found their way to the States and to South America. He is what you call a rising star.
All that from a workshop in deepest Normandy.[blank]
[blank]So next time you walk past a chic art gallery and spot an unusual creation, I invite you to pause and reflect on where it may have been made, and the journey it has taken to appear before you.[blank]
[blank]Some treasure emerges from the most surprising places![blank]

[blank]And if you are interested in acquiring a piece of Fred’s work, you are most welcome to email him here or to drop me a line, I’ll be happy to pass on the message![blank]


Mumbai June 28, 2013 - 9:23 am

I always wonder how creative some people can be.
The object with the antler is eye catching.

evelyne-home-interiors June 28, 2013 - 10:08 am

I agree with Frederique "… the mirror is a mysterious object, reflecting an image, an atmosphere … inviting the user into a deeper world". Amazing mirrors. Good Job and Good post.
Thanks for sharing!

Castles Crowns and Cottages June 28, 2013 - 1:09 pm

I like him already. If he speaks of the SOUL of a piece and also of HIS OWN, this man is a living artist, not conforming to what the market demands, but answering to the call of his own muse. What marvelous pieces, and those two metal panels with the fabulous aqua blue rock….oh dear, if I could, I would buy those in a hot minute.

Lovely post today, Madame!


webvivre June 28, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Very interesting craftsman – really love the objet by the weir. The aquamarine "glass" is that crystal or molten glass shaped?

Missio Terra June 28, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Those mirrors are exquisite! Love the creativity of so many out there. Thank you so much for posting this. It's right up my alley. Wish we could take you up on your offer right away…I would LOVE to have one of those mirrors! If and when the time comes, we will definitely look into acquiring one (if it can make it to the USA safely). Lovely post, thank you!

sharon santoni at my french country home June 28, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Creativity is a daily fascination for me, thank you for stopping by


sharon santoni at my french country home June 28, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Thank you Evelyne – since my chat with Fred, my mirrors at home have taken on a different feel!


sharon santoni at my french country home June 28, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Thank you Anita, yes, Fred is a true artist, and the aqua blue rocks are designed to be used as 'objets', or as lamps with the light reflecting through the glass.


sharon santoni at my french country home June 28, 2013 - 2:43 pm

I believe the mirrors travel in purpose built crates when they travel, so glad you enjoyed the post!


I Dream Of June 28, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Thanks for the insight into this artist's process and creativity. Those mirrors are spectacular, so much soul in them. The creative journey is always a fascinating one.
Happy weekend! XO

Emm June 29, 2013 - 2:08 am

His work is quite remarkable, thanks for showing it. I'm very much enjoying the beginnings of your series on local artisans.

helen tilston June 29, 2013 - 2:18 am

Hello Sharon

Thanks for sharings Fred's art. I love the convex mirrors and his embellishments.
Have a great weekend


Colleen Taylor June 29, 2013 - 6:42 am

Indeed a creative genius Frederic is. Thank you for this post Sharon, incredibly interesting as well as inspirational.

martinealison June 29, 2013 - 9:20 am


J'ai beaucoup apprécié la visite chez Frédéric… Merci l'artiste de nous avoir ouvert la porte de votre atelier.
merci à vous aussi de nous avoir fait connaître ce personnage.
Gros bisous

deedledumpling June 29, 2013 - 3:44 pm

He is truly an Amazingly creative force! I love his art, and wish he were more available in the US! He has the face of a kind soul, with the heart and soul of a poet. Thanks so much for the glimpse into his world! Perhaps I will someday make it up to Normandy to see you all.

Jackie June 29, 2013 - 6:44 pm

How beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.

The Parc Condominium December 15, 2014 - 2:02 am

Interesting work of art! I also know a guy who can create art works figurines etc from scrap metals. Though the approach is far different from each other I can still find the meaning behind those art. I am even planning to buy a life size bumble bee of transformer and place it on at the parc condominium.


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