In the small workshop, the flashlight spits out a bright, intense flame, which eyes need to guard against with special glasses. Concentrated, Julie Decriem guides the participants who have come to make glass beads. “The difficulty lies in managing the temperature, whether we’re talking about blowing glass or glass with a flashlight. Glass ‘moves’ at 600 degrees and melts at 1200 degrees. It’s a technical, physical and artistic craft that requires subtle techniques,” she explains. It’s a spectacular skill that gives as much pleasure to watch as it does to appreciate the finished object.