France's crafts in focus - June 2019

Artisan glass blower Thibault Lafleuriel creating another work of art in his workshop in Terrasson, Dordogne

Life and loves of an ‘accidental’ glass blower

Artisanal glass-blower Thibault Lafleuriel discovered his calling “almost by accident” 15 years ago.

“I had always been interested in design and my bac was a bac pro arts appliqués,” he said. “But I was frustrated that what we drew and imagined never became anything concrete.

“So I planned to try out different materials by taking a series of CAPs (certificats d’aptitude professionnelle) in different subjects. The first one I did was glass-blowing and I needed to look no further.

“I was not particularly good at first. It takes an awfully long time to master the skills. They say it takes 10 years, though I managed a little quicker.

“One of the most complicated tasks is making a wine glass ...

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