Jan Kocian's first experience of New Zealand was as a traveller. Something about this country and Coromandel in particular, got under his skin. He decided to stay.
Jan set to work in what was initially a steam engine museum. Starting from scratch, he dismantled a disused boiler – brick by brick – and built a glass furnace that he cleverly designed himself.
The furnace, which burns recycled fuels, has its exhaust heat channeled into an annealing kiln, where the glass pieces gradually cool. This efficient design also provides a sustainable model of energy usage.
Having embraced the “can do” kiwi ethos, Jan has made good use of the adjacent railway engineering facilities to make most of his specialist tools and equipment by hand.