I am Onno Octavius. I make glass, visual and applied art.
From a young age I was always good at building and repairing many things. This made me decide to work in the technique sector. I have worked in many jobs in the conquest to teach myself as many different techniques as possible.
In the year 2012 I was working in a construction company to gain experience how to build and renovate houses and apartments. This is where my life underwent a drastic change. An accident caused me to be unable to work for a long time and made me reevaluate my life.
Just then in the spring of 2013 my father followed a glass workshop as a present for his 60th birthday and I accompanied him. It created a great opportunity for me to try something new and it did more than that. A new passion was born!
I found there was beauty in the techniques and materials that I was unable to experience in my previous work and educations. This drove me to experiment more. I found that my experiences in many different fields of techniques gave me the chance to see and try things in different ways.
A year and a half after my accident I got the possibility to follow a course with Bild-Werk Frauenau, a regional and international forum for glass and visual arts. I found out with the help of my course supervisor that I really had a talent for glass and visual arts. I decided there and then to make this my life’s work.
So lucky me. Thanks to my accident I am now able to make objects that challenge me and bring me pleasure to create. I try to create objects which tell stories that I find intriguing and beautiful and of which I hope that they do the same to other people.