At age 14, Pierre Picard began his 5-year apprenticeship in the ancient tradition of blacksmithing. He created the Atelier Picard in Normandy in 1966 and for 20 years expanded his collection through custom work for residential projects, as well as the reproduction and restoration of historic ironworks. In 1989 the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Maitre Artisan (Master Craftsman).
Thierry Duboscq, Picard's son-in-law, apprenticed with Picard for 15 years and today continues these esteemed traditions as Master Blacksmith of the Picard Atelier. Duboscq has apprenticed his son, David, to secure the future of the forge. We anticipate a third generation master blacksmith. This is an enduring legacy.
M. Picard's association with Karin Eaton began in 1985 when she discovered his work in Paris on a buying trip for her newly-founded French antique store. Eaton had lived and worked in Paris for 5 years. Her expertise in French was key to their communication and her background in fashion provided an inspirational springboard for the design development and artistic direction of Ironware International. Once exposed to the US market, the exceptional quality of the Picard Atelier's marvelous ironwork was immediately recognized and appreciated in our industry.