The 2011 workshop was held during the week of 11 July, this year Peter and Tim returned together with Richard Jolley from the USA. What an inspirational week we had with Richard teaching us some new techniques, and Tim being his ever busy self. Trevyn and Julian McGowan also returned and Julian spent a few days designing and producing a few new ranges of tableware with Sifiso and his team. James Magagula and Daniel Masuku spent a lot of time working with Richard and learned how to drill holes, and to "carve" hot glass. Swazi's have traditionally carved heads and faces out of soap stone, but Richard showed us how to do this in glass. Watch out for some new pieces by James Magagula, he will be spending some time over the next few weeks working on this technique and it is hoped that he will add a new dimension to this old art form. Tim and his team of Isaac and Nathi created some amazing "circus" rhino's and elephants, and Richard inspired a massive chandelier made from hundreds of glass leaves. We were only able to finish the first 4 layers of the eventual 8 layer structure, but this will be shown soon in our showroom to its full extent. Peter worked with everyone on a new range of vases that is hoped will sell into the European market in particular.
The 2010 workshop was held from 26 to 31 July 2010. We had the same professional team as last year,Peter Bremers, Tim Shaw,
Marco Lopulalan, Sibusiso Mhlanga and James Magagula as well as Trevyn and Julian McGowan from Source SA,
Andile Dyalvane from Imiso, Eugenie Drakes from Piece and SA master chef Reuben Riffel.
Trevyn, Julian and Reuben worked tirelessly with Sifiso and his team to create a new range of stemware that is now available
at the top 10 Boardmans stores accross SA. Launched officially at Food Wine Design at the end of November just in time to go
under your Christmas tree.
Our 4th design workshop was held from 1 to 6 June 2009, and was once again a huge success.
We would like to thank the people that made it all possible, especially Peter Bremers,
who once again co-ordinated the event, and our 4 master glassblowers, Tim Shaw, Marco Lopulalan,
Sibusiso Mhlanga and James Magagula. Thanks must also go to the designers who
participated and the Ngwenya glassblowers, without whom it would not have been the success that it was.