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I have been involved with this fascinating material since 1978 when I commenced my training at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (now Callaghan Innovation ) in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. This involved gaining comprehensive skills and knowledge in all aspects of scientific glassblowing. Including design and fabrication of complex scientific glassware, vacuum technology, quartz work, glass to metal seals to name a few.

I was lucky enough to train under a qualified examiner of the British Society of Scientific Glassblowers who had emigrated to NZ. This involved a 4 year training program following the society curriculum, culminating in sitting and passing my qualifying examination at the University of Liverpool in 1982.

During my travel overseas I experienced various facets of glassblowing including production of glass detection electrodes at Kent Industrial Measurements in London, followed by production glassblowing for Peter Sieglar in Durban, South Africa. Whilst living in Durban I also gained experience in neon sign making at Claude Neon.

I live on the Kapiti Coast and commute each day to my workshop at Victoria University in Wellington City. There I have a well equipped workshop/studio that tends to the requirements of research and teaching laboratories at Vic and also private individuals and companies.

Apart from scientific glassblowing a reasonable portion of my work is devoted to artistic glassblowing, this ranges anywhere from producing glass elements incorporated into other artists work, producing props for the film industry, designing and making corporate awards, to making bespoke light fittings. I aso make items for export to countries such as Australia, Pacific Islands, USA and Central America.

If it is glass (in all its forms) you are thinking about I am happy to discuss any requirements you may have.