What caught my attention was the catchy phrase on the cover by Swiss born artist Bejnamin Vautier (commonly referred to as 'Ben') repeated five times in alternating colors:
danger haute créativité
(danger, high creativity)
There's another artist, a local boy from Lyon, whose imagination and craftsmanship merit the same warning. His name is Pascal Mallet and he's furiously passionate about his art - making colorful glass jewelery with a creativity that flows like a fire hydrant.
The turning point in his life came a few years back when he was following another of his passions, wood working, and had an accident that left him partially handicapped in one arm.
Unable to continue a career in music, he embarked on an intense search to 're-invent' himself. Very quickly he was drawn to the creation of jewelery - the touch of the glass, the manipulation of the material with his own hands to create an
object of lasting beauty,
a sensation he admits didn't exist for him when he was interpreting music.
Several times during the year Pascal can be seen selling his creations, for men and women, in artisan markets throughout the region.
If you're visiting St Flour in the Cantal this weekend, you can stop by Pascal's stand at the Christmas market. He'll be there all day on Saturday and Sunday, December 11th and 12th.
The following week will be your last chance to buy a Mallet creation before Christmas. From Friday 17 December through to Christmas Eve, Pascal will be at the Christmas market of Issoire in the Puy de Dôme.
But if you can't make it to either of the Christmas markets and you're in Lyon next week, you can stop by his workshop to browse, ask questions, pick up a gift or two, and maybe even see a demonstration of how Pascal heats then works with his special Murano glass and turns it into art.
His workshop - and creations - will be open to the public on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 December, from 10am to 8:30pm. Address: 50 Grande rue de la Croix Rousse, Lyon's 4th district. Interphone "Pascal Mallet", 2nd Floor.
Heating a glass baguette with a special blow torch to create a 'pearl'.
Rolling the glass to create different forms.
The glass changes color depending on the chemical mixture of the blow torch.
Inspecting a glass pearl. I call this one 'Jupiter'.
An assortment of original ear rings.
Fixing a clasp to a pendant that will be worn as a necklace.
Close up of two pendants.
Pascal also makes his own writing pens from wood, glass and leather.
Like his glass jewelery, each one is unique.
The new collection of rings on display.