Amblard Leather Atelier is the only place where you can learn the centuries-old craft of leatherworking from a Hermès trained master artisan. Beatrice Amblard's curriculum teaches 4 levels of leatherworking using traditional French hand tools.
Amblard Leather Atelier offers a one year program, consisting of 4 levels that are each 12 consecutive weeks (session).
4/30/2020: Due toSan Francisco social distancing protocols: - We are only able to have 5 students per class to comply with the 6ft. social distance rule. - All students must wear a face covering while in the studio.
The first 9 months of our program have been designed to teach the ins and outs of working with leather exclusively by hand. The last 3 months is an introduction to using machinery and incorporating the handwork you have mastered, together.
Amblard Leather Atelier is a progressive program consisting of predetermined projects. A different skill is taught with each project. Due to this we do not skip projects in our curriculum.
All students start in our Level 1 session regardless of past experience. We do this so each student learns and understands our pattern making method, terminology, and learns all the base skills needed for other levels in our program. If a student does have prior leather working knowledge and skills this helps them get through the projects quicker.
Please note, we are an "at your own pace" program. The amount of pieces created by the end of each session or intensive will depend solely on the individual student and are not guaranteed.