Natacha Heitz

Natacha Heitz named her beautifully textured wooden globe for its crackled surface like ceramic raku. Add beauty and textural warmth to your living space. Read more


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Natacha Heitz’s quest for beautiful shapes and textures begins in the remote Queyras Forest in the Southern French Alps, close to the Italian border. High above the flower-decked valleys, near the soaring 10,000 ft peaks, Natacha finds the primary material for her extraordinary crackled wood sculptures: the Arolla pine.

This alpine tree furnishes the only type of wood that allows her to achieve the astonishing texture she prizes for her cRAKoUs. They are the result of the union of wood and fire. After turning her wood to form slightly flattened globes, she first burns the surface, then carefully brushes it with white paint to highlight the peaks and valleys created in the wood.

For Natacha, working with wood was the obvious extension of her militant nature conservation. She considers her artistry a partnership with nature. All her wood is certified PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) for sustainable forest management.

Why we love this: Natacha Heitz named her beautifully textured wooden globe for its crackled surface like ceramic raku.

Created in: Molines-en-Queyras, France

Materials & techniques: The matte white overtones recall the snow-topped peaks of Natacha’s native Alps.

Dimensions: Diameter: 11.8" / 30 cm

Availability: Uniquely made to order - Estimated production time: 6 to 8 weeks

Reference code: NHCRAKOUB

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Natacha Heitz

Wood Sculptor, Molines-en-Queyras, France

Natacha Heitz is a wood sculptor based in the Southern Alps. She works with a single wood species, the Arolla Pine, that she sources locally, in line with her sustainable practice. She is one of the very few female wood carvers, leveraging traditional tools and methods to develop her own...

  • Handcrafted in France. In a celebration of craftsmanship and manufactoring traditions, we tour each French region to bring you our curated selection of exceptional homeware, gifts and collectibles.

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