Jacques Loire – Master glassmaker

Centre-Val de Loire – 1932-2021


Jacques Loire took over the workshop created in 1946 by his father, Gabriel Loire, specialized in  stained-glass windows and mosaics. This famous workshop have seen three generations of glassmakers. In fact, Jacques Loire’s sons have joined him in 1986. Since his death in 2021, his sons have been running the workshop.


The workshop always has been animated by passion, research and innovation, but also the will to make the know-how durable. In fact, Jacques Loire inherited his father’s knowledge. However, he did not hesitate to add new techniques to this learning such as the one with slabs from Boussois. Until the end, he has transmitted all his savoir-faire to his sons.


Rooted in Chartres, capital of stained glass, the Loire have restored the stained-glass windows of the cathedral. Besides, they have created a stained-glass gallery in 1976, while Jacques was the administrator of the International Stained-Glass Centre.


Jacques Loires’s personnal creations are exhibited in France and abroad. Moreover, he has collaborated with a few artists. Among them, Valério Adami or Jean-Michel Othoniel for the cathedral of Angoulême in France. In 2016, Gilles Blaise has dedicated a movie devoted to Les Ateliers Loire, which said “the sun never sets on Loire stained glass”.


2008 – Jacques Loire’s workshops received EPV recognition (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant). It has been the first one to receive this acknowledgement..


Will to transmit

A second generation with Jacques Loire, and today a third one with Bruno Loire (1959/05/10) and Hervé Loire (1961/05/6), have perpetuated the workshop. But each craftsman has brought his own style while maintaining a spirit of creativity and innovation in the field of glass and stained-glass. This methods of creation and research has animated the workshop since the beginning. With a team of a dozen employees trained over the last few years, the workshops have achieved very important sites in France and abroad.


Fondation Rémy Cointreau helped Jacques Loire to acquire a pressure sandblaster and its equipment in order to work on the sanding of large glasses.


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