Where did your interest for this profession derive?
My grandfather took care of lithographs, as a child drawing was one of my favourite activities. But the real epiphany that made me understand the direction to take was my first trip to London in 1988: the windows of The Princess Louise pub shocked me with their beauty. My goal was to go back to that style and that beauty.
Was this when you opened your studio?
Yes. I worked for a company that did sign writing, the same company where I had done my apprenticeship, spending the first six months making tea. Returning from that trip to London I went to my boss and told him that we had to rediscover that richness and that aesthetic taste. He said no, my father then urged me to start my own business.
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What is its mission?
Combining utility, I mainly make windows for commercial businesses looking for beauty. I could never give up the more artistic and creative aspect of my work, and that's why I started from scratch a few years ago. My studio had several employees, but to guarantee a salary for everyone I also accepted jobs that had little artistic value.
Is your craft considered endangered by the Heritage Crafts Association?
Yes, and it is for this reason that I try to pass it on to new generations. Teaching is an integral part of my work, my home is filled with students from all over the world during the year. Over the years, I have trained over a thousand young people. Among them there is also one of my daughters, who I hope will one day continue the family business.