How is your craft linked to your surroundings?
Many locals have worked at the glass factory in Leerdam, but only a few have become real ‘old school’ glassblowers. Currently, I am making a glass monument for the city of Leerdam to go in a park to be enjoyed by everyone.
How do you express tradition and innovation in your work?
The Moluccan culture is very important to me as my father is Moluccan. Therefore, I sometimes incorporate the colours of the Moluccan flag into my work. To honour the old designers of Leerdam, I always use their techniques.
When did you start glassblowing?
My grandpa was a glassblower at Royal Leerdam Crystal, and my mother worked in the factory shop. I ended up working in the factory too, starting as a holiday job, but it turned out, I was very good at working with glass, so I wanted more.
What is a highlight from your professional life?
I was very lucky to have made the family glassware for our King and Queen. I was asked to make their glassware as a wedding present, which was a gift from all the Dutch people. I am also honoured to have met them, once at the factory, where they watched me work and at the palace.