Nathalie Ziegler-Pasqua is a Parisian artisan of glass crafting shimmering suspensions that play with light, gravity and shapes. Their format, their brilliance and the artisan’s power are reminiscent of the eighteenth-century furniture, but with a unique contemporary style that you will find only in Nathalie’s workshop.
Photo by Ann Ray
Born in Paris, Nathalie Ziegler-Pasqua has an exceptional artistic background that brought her from the theatre realm to the international stage with her artisanal suspensions of glass. For over 20 years Nathalie has been the first dancer and a choreographic artist at the Opéra National de Paris, while also being an appreciated solo dance performer. From the famous dance house, she had the opportunity to tour in Tokyo, Moscow and London working with Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins and Mats Ek, among others.
Daughter of an aeronautical engineer, the fascination for gravity and light was something that run in her family. After concluding her career in dance she self-taught the craft of glass sculpturing and opened up her studio in Paris. Launching her first collection for Arums Galerie during the 2002 edition of “Maison et Object – Scène D’Interieur”, her work is now showcased in some of the most exclusive galleries, hotels, restaurants and homes worldwide.
Interweaving a deeply poetic craft with her artistic background, Nathalie works with ceramics, hand-blown glass, copper and precious stones to create dreamlike objects, lighting up spaces as tridimensional crystals. She learnt the laws of gravity on dancing bodies and adapted on one of the noblest of materials. Starting by gluing pieces of glass on ceramics, to threading intricate chandeliers of shimmering presence, her creations are inspired by nature, stars and colours. Natalie looks at the ancestral alchemy of sand and fire to sculpt tridimensional glass creations. Like a handful of sand thrown into the sky, remaining perched, suspended, between heaven and earth, shadow and light, Nathalie’s aerial sculptures attract attention and light, illuminating the spaces they inhabit.
Natalie’s suspensions are naturally light-sensitive objects, playing with the innate reflection of the glass. Her decorative style with floral or natural motifs, could resemble the colourful mystical sculpture of Chinese shrines or the opulence 18th-century French furniture.
For her creations, Nathalie Pasqua Ziegler cuts, craves, assembles and transforms the finest plate and hand-blown glass coming from the Verrerie de Saint-Just a historical glass factory in central France. Founded in 1826 the Verrerie de Saint-Just has shared the unique know-how of its master glassmakers with paramount artists the likes of Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger and Joan Miro.
Most of her more recent suspensions are intricate thread of glass mounted over an invisible copper structure, to gently carry their heavyweight without losing lithe. Like ballerinas about to soar, Natalie crafts hand-blown glass with gold or silver mirror shades to depict dreamlike silhouettes, that highlight every space with their majestic presence.
All exquisitely unique can be monochromatic or multi-coloured according to inspiration, but always sparkling. Like the magnificent Suspension Maximale XXL White Précieux, a white cloud of hand-blown glass, soft in its presence but with a structure carrying 400 kg of precious material. Each piece requires days of work and are all handmade by Natalie herself. From her early days when she used to make purely decorative objects, she has now expanded her craft towards magnificent suspended work of arts shining in their own light.
The brilliance and artisanal power of her exclusive craft have been presented and exhibited in some of the finest galleries around the world. Inspired by the bird-of-paradise, her latest glass sculpture “Birdy”, dominates the Chinese lounge of the multi-awarded Hotel Les Bains-Douches in Paris. The 100 kilos suspension made of hand-blown glass, copper and silver, recalls the sumptuous baroque furniture, but with a contemporary style unique to Nathalie Ziegler-Pasqua.