A traditional hub of creation and tradition, the Southern Alps cultivates 100% local, traditional craft know-how, with specialities including woodwork, Alpine pottery, design and farm produce.
Welcome to our pick of top local addresses, workshops and firms to visit.
Pottery and Ceramics
In Risoul, the Terra Solo ceramic studio has stoneware that is thrown,, enamelled and decorated by hand. As are the pieces made by Xavier Blondel at the Poterie de Vallouise in Vallouise-Pelvoux or Audrey, in her Art’terre Poterie studio in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur. In Rosans, Marion Levanah-Richaume’s L’Atelier de la Lune specialises in earthenware decorated with Hebrew calligraphy. Lastly, in Le Villard, Terre Métis creates unique ceramic sculptures.
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Wood, Textiles, and Fashion
Lovers of carved wood will adore La Fontaine du Cembro, both a studio and shop located in Saint-Véran. There, the Brunets have carried on the savoir-faire of fabricating furniture and objects for daily use and decoration for three generations. In Mont-Dauphin, Sylvie Carbonnet creates men’s and women’s clothing with fabrics dyed by her own hand, using an environmentally friendly process. If you love fashion, make a detour to Marina Castagna’s the Atelier de Couture Artisanale Aniram, in Villar-d’Aréne.
It is in an exceptional place, the former Saint-Donnat church in Embrun, that the Maison de Pays de l’Embrunais has set up shop, including the creations of some 30 local artists, artisans and farmers. In the same model, the Maison d’Artisans des Hautes-Alpes in Briançon is a place where craftspeople and visitors can interact. All trades are represented here: carpentry, cabinet-making, marquetry, pottery, lamps, sundials, stained-glass, mural painting and fashion.