Neil Craik was born in Oamaru, New Zealand and now lives in Auckland. In 1995 he decided to take an Adult Learning class in Leadlighting one night a week so that he could add his own touch to the house by installing beautiful windows. The results were so successful that by 1998 Neil was tutoring the class and has continued to do so. In 2005 he took a course in hot glass and fusing in Christchurch and became a hopeless kiln addict, thoroughly enjoying the challenges of transforming ‘hard’ sharp surfaces into soft smooth pieces of art. Neil’s glass art range includes jewellery, candle holders, wall tiles, wall art and leadlighting and part of his philosophy is to incorporate recycled glass material wherever possible in to his work. These can be off-cuts from glaziers or old windows and doors from demolition businesses. It is satisfying to transform an unwanted piece of glass into a new “treasure”. Neil teaches both Stained Glass/Leadlighting classes and also Glass Fusing Workshops.