I was first introduced to glass blowing by Kieth Mahy whilst attending Northland Polytech in Whangarei, New Zealand. Kieth was instrumental in getting me over some of the initial hurdles when learning to blow glass and also helped expose me to the 'glass art scene' both at home and abroard. We worked together for a brief period after I graduated, before I eventually moved to Auckland where I spent several years working at Sunbeam Glass for Gary Nash, a pioneer of New Zealand's studio glass movement. Working in Gary's studio enabled me to focus on the fundamentals of blowing glass through the repetition of production style work. This helped lay the foundation for the type of work I have been accustom to making during my years as an independent glass maker. Following Sunbeam I decided to travel to Europe where I eventually settled on the west coast of Sweden and for the past fifteen years I've been producing work for exhibitions, private collectors and a number of galleries throughout the country. A large portion of my time also consists of producing glass work for other artist's, both as an assistant and as a master glass maker. The pieces I produce are generally influenced by the works of both Italian & Scandinavian glass makers. Both cultures are steeped in the tradition of glass making and therefor have a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to draw from. What drives me more often than not is the desire to find my place in amonsts them somewhere, infusing these influence's with that of my own cultural heritage, a unique prospect I believe for both Maori culture and the glass art scene globally.