When putting the final touches on our private showroom, we were keen to have something that respected the building's age and presence. Putting a synthetic vinyl sticker on 100 year old glass just seemed wrong so we engaged the services of Auckland based sign-writer Sam Burton from Sure Shot
Sam specialises in hand painted signage, focusing on gold leaf on glass, using traditional techniques to create bespoke signage, mirrors and artwork. He began his apprenticeship straight out of high school, managing to learn basic brush skills just as the industry was moving away from brushwork.
In 2009, after a commission for a good friend requiring hand painted signs, Sam found himself being requested to do more and more work and over time forged a reputation for himself.
In an effort to expand on his talent he attended a workshop class in Sydney with David Smith and Will Lynes in 2017 and studied the art of gilding on glass, exposing himself to knowledge and skill that only true craftsmen possess.
As we say in tailoring, "knowledge of the hand."