About

Growing up amongst Dunedin architecture and singing in St Paul's Cathedral choir, Peter Mackenzie's childhood was rich with leadlight and stained glass. Studying fine art and art history at school, Peter also took drawing and sculpture classes as a teenager with late Dunedin artist John Middleditch. Peter went to a gas welding trade evening course after school to boost metalwork skills and passed Year 12 Preliminary Fine Art to enter Art School. Realising that student life was somewhat impecunious, he took a position at the Otago Daily Times, working as reporter, photographer, sub-editor and motoring editor. These skills got him recruited to Australia to work for News Ltd, and while there he went to teach to learn leadlighting.

He ran Leura Stained Glass, with late master glass painter Charles Wetton, for a decade, enjoying the opportunity to make his mark in Australian public architecture. Peter's work is enjoyed in Australian courthouses, colleges and the Sydney's Lord Mayor's residence.

His hand-painted stained glass work fills or sits in chapels in Sydney and elsewhere across the Tasman. He has architectual stained glass work in a hotel in the Ginza, Toyko. His passion for glass is reflective in a deep respect for mediaeval glass, which embodies the full strength of master glass painters' technical and design skills.

Peter also loves Arts and Crafts Movement glass from both sides of the Atlantic. His Tiffany-style glass lamps are mostly owned overseas, with unique designs commissioned for collections. His giant magnolia lamp described by Tiffany aficionados as "flawless" and "the best example ever seen", was selected by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and placed in the Sydney Opera House. Peter now enjoys living back in Dunedin and particulary hopes to promote the appreciation and employment of stained glass - heritage and contemporary - in this unique Scottish pioneer city he calls home.