PAYS DE LA LOIRE – 56 years old
In 1979, Eric Leblanc is 14 when he is starting as a plasterer apprentice. He is joining Les Compagnons du Devoir at 17 and perpetuates the tradition of plasterers, staffers, stuccomen. For his apprenticeship, he chooses to travel for ten years all around France, Germany, in Venice and Florence, to be looking for new savoir-faire like modelling and stamp.
He passes “Companion Plasterer Stucco Staffer of Dutt” in 1990. In 1997, he sets up in Anjou and founds the Plasterer Crafts Studio which receives in 2007 EPV recognition (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant).
Creative, he also restores places. To respect history, he wants to give the original aspect at places that he renovates. Eric multiples exhibitions in partnership with the “Chambre des métiers” and the artcrafts of Pays de la Loire missions”. In 2009, he is laureate for the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the “Intelligence de la main”. In 2019, after many regional and national prizes for the “Heritage Category and Historical Monuments” given by “The Saint Gobain/Placo companies club”, he obtains the heart prize.
At the same time, he creates contemporary forms, and makes researches that allow his craft to grew up in the actual word. He has been helping and following different crafts in their projects.
He has been training young people, passing his knowledge to apprentices and gives conferences regularly. Eric Leblanc opens his modelling studio during the Artcrafts European Days, only odd years. He is a member of the Plasterers Association of the Maine et Loire region and encouragse young people to participate at exhibitions or competitions. He often took part in Master degree in Paris like Olivier de Serres college, Duperré college, Ecole Boulle and in universities in Heritage & Sustainable Management bachelor in plasterer section in Nantes, Rennes or Lyon. During 16 years, he had been training Florent who took shares of the business this year.
The Fondation Rémy Cointreau helps Eric Leblanc to acquire a plaster graving machine to facilitate techniques and to allow students to learn more about the craft.