CENTRE-VAL DE LOIRE – 87 years old
Jacques Loire took over the workshop created in 1946 by his father Gabriel Loire to create stained-glass windows and mosaics.
His sons Bruno and Hervé joined him in 1986, and the three generations worked together ever since. Jacques developed new techniques with slabs from Boussois. In addition to his savoir-faire, he transmitted this passion for research and innovation to his sons who made his workshops renowned.
Rooted in Chartres, stained glass capital of the Loire with its celebrated stained-glass windows of the cathedral, they created the stained-glass gallery in 1976, Jacques being the administrator of the International Stained-Glass Centre.
Creations from the Loire illuminate numerous Chartrand structures: Eglise de la Madeleine (Madeleine Church), the town hall, train station, bank… They are present everywhere in France, with more than 1,000 references, such as Angers (Grenier Saint Jean), Olonne-sur-Mer and Reims, but also with numerous orders abroad, his works shine on all continents.
In addition to his own creations, he collaborated with a number of artists, such as Valério Adami, and most recently with Jean-Michel Othoniel at the Cathédrale d’Angoulême.
In the 2016 Gilles Blaise film devoted to them, it is said that “the sun never sets on Loire stained glass“.
Loire’s workshops received EPV recognition (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant), the first ones to have received this acknowledgement in 2008.
Today a second generation with Jacques, then a third with Bruno born on May 10, 1959, and Hervé born on May 6, 1961, perpetuate together, but each with their own style, while maintaining a spirit of creativity and innovation in the field of glass and stained-glass that has animated the workshop since its beginnings.
With a team of a dozen—employees trained over the last few years—the workshops have achieved very important sites in France and abroad.
The sandblasting technique has existed for several decades, and Loire workshops have a space dedicated to sanding small 60x40x30 cm pieces, but, the desire to work on large glass pieces requires a new tool.
Fondation Rémy Cointreau helped them to acquire a pressure sandblaster and its equipment in order to work on the sanding of large glasses.
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