My expertise lies in the realm of windows—an unconventional profession that I wholeheartedly embrace. When prompted about my occupation, I confidently declare, “I build windows.” It’s an uncommon niche, yet it proves both financially rewarding and immensely enjoyable. My journey into the world of window craftsmanship was serendipitous. During a high school excursion to rural Victoria, we stumbled upon an antiquated establishment specialising in glass blowing. Given the opportunity to partake, my natural affinity for working with glass left my peers awe-inspired. Since that fortuitous encounter, I’ve diligently honed my skills, evolving into a seasoned glass artisan, and dedicating my days to providing office glass tinting services for corporate settings, crafting panelled glass for residential abodes, and producing decorative glass for cabinet doors.
Among the various glass forms I create, stained glass windows hold a special place in my heart. The intricate process of crafting stained glass, although more intricate than standard glasswork, infuses a sense of creative liberation. Even when adhering to client specifications, the act of imbuing glass with a myriad of hues feels invigorating, invariably uplifting my spirits for the remainder of the day.
Presently, I’m immersed in my latest endeavour for a devoted client. They’ve commissioned a dual stained-glass project, intertwined with the requirement of window frosting for Melbourne offices situated in the bustling CBD. Adorning the central business district with ornamental glass entails navigating a labyrinth of building codes and regulatory constraints, particularly for towering structures. Nonetheless, I approach this challenge with unwavering confidence. The client’s vision entails their emblem—a serene blue bird with billowy white wings—adorned against a backdrop of scenic vistas, entwined with uplifting messages seamlessly woven into the landscape. The complexity of the design may appear daunting, but my extensive experience in working with glass has endowed me with a treasure trove of techniques and insights that streamline the creation of intricate patterns. Anticipation courses through me as I eagerly anticipate embarking on this ambitious project, ready to transform the client’s vision into a radiant reality.