It's the new yoga. In the Saarland, an enchanting corner overlooking the resort of Les Gets in Savoy, the Bonhomme sisters organise weekly workshops in the summer, where you can learn about pottery, shape the clay and make your own piece. Anouk also raises lambs as well as making pottery figurines of them, while Nathalie, a graphic designer, brings an artistic touch to the creations of her sister. The result? Poetic, fresh, delicate and original. A place to channel your inner artist. Artisan pottery des Gets
At the family run company of Laurenzio, in Combloux in Haute-Savoie, granite has been cut and worked for four generations. Naturally, novices aren’t let loose with the diamond cutting wire or chisels to split the monumental blocks created on Mont Blanc thousands of years ago. But you can get to stroke the stone on a guided tour – and it really is impressive. Laurenzio Granit of Mont Blanc (French only)
In the workshop of Didier Perrillat, discover the art of working with leather. Located in one of the oldest chalets of Grand-Bornand in Haute-Savoie, Didier explains his trade, that of a saddle maker and leather specialist, a rare profession these days. As you sit in his workshop, cosy at the corner of the stove, you’ll find Didier’s story fascinating. Didier Perrillat, master craftsman at Le Grand Bornand (French only)
At Bessans in Haute-Maurienne, woodcarving has been a tradition for more than four centuries. The most famous of the sculptures is the devil, the emblem of the city. Meanwhile, in Vallée d'Abondance, doves are preferred, made from the wood of a spruce tree and cut by hand using an Opinel knife. Whichever you prefer, angel or demon, it’s a relaxing experience to watch a performance of this ancient art.
The devils of Bessans in Maurienne
The doves of Abondance