Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication, will present on November 15, 2013 at 11:30 am, the title of Master of Art to eight professionals of excellence of the crafts.

Created in 1994, the title of Master of Art is awarded to professionals of the crafts recognized for their remarkable and rare know-how that they transmit to younger professionals. To date, there are one hundred and fifteen Masters of Art.

The objective of this original device, recognized by UNESCO, is to preserve and transmit this know-how and to implement real “generation contracts” between a professional with at least 15 years of experience, the Master of Art, and a younger professional with at least 5 years of experience, the Student.

The training takes place mainly in the Master of Art’s workshop for three years; the Ministry of Culture and Communication awards the Master of Art an annual allocation of 16,000 € to ensure this high level training.

The goal is also to integrate this transmission of gestures and processes into a viable economic development: at the end of his training, the Student develops his professional project either alongside the Master of Art, or by resuming his workshop, or by creating his own company. The confrontation of traditional know-how with contemporary creation, a factor of innovation, is also sought.

The Institut National des Métiers d'Art (Inma), to which the Ministry entrusted the management of this scheme, organised the selection procedure for the 2013 promotion. The committee, composed of experts and professionals, examined the 67 files registered at the end of the call for applications.

The eight Masters of Art appointed this year are:

 Stéphane Bondu, jeweler-case (L'atelier de l'objet, Paris 1er)

 Yves Dorget, passementeer (Passementerie Verrier father et fils, Paris 20th)

 Nelly Gable,  typewriter of the Atelier du livre d'art et de l'estampe de l'Imprimerie nationale (Ivry-sur-Seine)

 Michel Heurtault, creator and restaurateur in parasolerie (Parasolerie Heurtault Paris 12th)

 Jacques Loire, Master glassmaker (Atelier Loire à Lèves en Eure-et-Loir), on an honorary basis, without a designated student, Jacques Loire having already widely transmitted his know-how within his workshop

 Denis Mallejac, restorer of the old building (Pacé, Ille-et-Vilaine)

 Didier Mutel, engraver (Orchamps, Jura), student of the Master of Art Pierre Lallier, Soft Size Printer, Promotion 1995

 Francine Nicolle, boutis embroiderer (Calvisson, Gard)

 Unique pieces of these new Masters of Art will be presented at the title ceremony on November 15 in the salons of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Paris, 8 November 2013