Verrerie de Soisy Sarl
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The story began in 1978 with Elizabeth Giraud, then director of the La Rochère glassworks in Haute Saône. With a shrinking market for handblown glass in the face of ever increasing competition from mechanisation, she decided to open a glass design studio centred on traditional craft techniques.
It was her daughter, Marie-Alice Alary, who was chosen to run the Verrerie de Soisy. Over 35 years, Marie-Alice worked to develop and promote the art of glassblowing, surrounded by faithful – though not always easy-going! – glassblowers. In 2010, her son, Frédéric, took an interest in the craft and became the first glassblower in the family.
Today, after nine years of intense practice and numerous courses, Frédéric Alary has become the studio’s "master glassblower" and manager. His taste for the new and his penchant for technology means he does not content himself with the traditional production sold on-site. He opens the studio to artists and designers, and works to order for a large number of stores, lighting manufacturers, bronzesmiths, perfumers, artists, designers and antique dealers. This bespoke work is carried out alongside the production sold in the on-site shop, which continues to be the studio’s main activity.
A wide variety of glassware is sold in the shop: vases, lamps, garden ornaments, light fittings, animals, banister finials, paperweights, tableware, etc., in addition to unique pieces made using Venetian decorative techniques.
Since 2012, the grounds have been decorated with beautiful, poetic glass installations.