Founded in the late 50's, les Ateliers Duchemin are perpetuating a family tradition initiated back in the 19th century.
Frédéric Duchemin, Dominique Duchemin’s great-grandfather, was an itinerant glass painter who used to travel around the country from workshop to workshop.
His son, Georges, first settled at the Ateliers Adam in Paris. Later, he worked with Jacques Grüber, a major figure of Art Nouveau glass and then with the master glassmaker and decorator Max Ingrand.
His son, Raymond Duchemin grandfather, followed his father footprints by working in the Ateliers Grüber, therefore putting an end to a tradition of itinerancy set by his grandfather.
Claude, Raymond’s son and father of Dominique, wrote a new chapter in the family story. After having learnt the art of stained glass at the École National Supérieure des Métiers d’Arts, the fine crafts school in Paris and worked in the Bony Studio where he met Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault, Claude decided to found les Ateliers Duchemin in the late 50's. He then believed that stained glass had a major role to play in ther process of renovating and replacing the buildings damaged or destoyed during World War II.
He had the foresight to split Ateliers Duchemin activities between religious and civic buildings, churches and appartments, listed buildings and private clients, the restoration and recreation of antique stained glass and the creation of new pieces.
A graduate of the École Nationale des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Dominique Duchemin joined in 1976 and is at the helm of the ship since 1986. She was encouraged by her husband, painter and glass painter Gilles Rousvoal, whom she met as a student at the Beaux-Arts and who felt stand glass was a perfect union of Art et technology.
It was then time for new challenges. In 1991, they began a series of collaborations with major contemporary artists such as Jean-Michel Alberola, Geneviève Asse, Olivier Debré, Sarkis, Aurélie Nemours, David Rabinowitch or Robert Morris.
At the turn of the 21st century, they were joined by their two daughters . Marie, who studied Philosophy and Theatre, became a master glassmaker for les Ateliers Duchemin in 2002. Charlotte, a graduate of the École Nationale des Arts Appliqués Duperré like her mother, first worked as a fashion designer for companies such as Jean-Charles de Castelbajac or Balenciaga before choosing to fulfill the family tradition in stained glass.
They are now the sixth generation, at the service of Curators, Architects, Decorators and Designers in the field of Great Decoration.