What is your educational background?
I started at a very young age in my father's workshop, I am the sixth generation of cabinetmaker and second generation of sculptor. I studied carpentry and cabinetmaking, followed by a training certificate in restoration, and finally a diploma in ornamental sculpture.
Are you more of an artist or a craftsman?
I consider myself a craftsman before an artist, my knowledge of the field is used to express the art. The artistic side comes largely from my customers and patrons, I bring knowledge and thoughts, which you could argue make me an artist. But mostly I am technical, which I think makes me a craftsman.
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Which technique do you prefer?
Ornamental sculpture is one of my most cherished techniques, and I think I have a talent for coaching and teaching. But I am aware that when I present this side of my profession, people see the artist and not the technician.
What do you like best about your job?
Customer relations. The client comes in with a dream, an idea, and the deal is to make this idea concrete and tangible. When the customer sees the object they have designed, conceived or imagined for the first time in real life, I can see the stars in their eyes.