Chris was born in 1969 in Heidelberg, Germany, but spent his childhood years growing up in the small German village of Gemmingen, surrounded by farmland. In 1983 he moved to Australia with his family and settled in Melbourne. All his life he was surrounded by glass and craft/art, his father was a consummate scientific glassblower and his mother an adept of many different craft disciplines, such as German folk painting, water colour painting, book binding and paper construction being just some of the multitude of her talents. In 1991 he began to study the discipline of scientific instrument making in glass with his father and after gaining a solid grounding, he struck out from the scientific glass field into more artistic endeavours two and a half years later. In 1997 he began tertiary studies at Monash University and concluded them in 2002 at RMIT. Since then he has produced a plethora of work for exhibitions, galleries and commissions, nationally and internationally. He also teaches master classes in Flamework both in Australia and internationally.
Chris is interested in promoting and developing the flameworking movement within Australia and internationally, He welcomes the opportunity to demonstrate to the public, and educating the viewers in this particular technique of glasswork.