They’re different, the wire objects created by the crafters at the Glaasstudio workshop in Jagersfontein. Lamps, bowls, baskets, animals, birds… Each item is handcrafted with care and attention to detail using wire, beads, stained glass or a combination of the three. The happy atmosphere in the workshop is tangible and creativity is reflected in the quality of the work produced.
Wire art is typically African, and here it is refined and combined with the eggs of the ostrich and the richness of glowing handmade glass – all inspired by the colours, moods and shapes of Africa.
Jagersfontein is poor and unemployment a big problem. The Glaasstudio Trust is a job creation programme that has been nurtured over the years to provide sustainable, creative and enjoyable employment for twenty people.
Visitors are welcome at the workshop, which also has a gallery and shop portion where examples of the items made are displayed and sold. Visitors are encouraged to try their hand at beading amongst the bead crafters.
“The crafters of Glaasstudio hope that your piece of unique African wire art will bring you much joy, as it was a pleasure to make it for you.”