Glassware by André

André Gouws

Casual Member

for

Glassware, Jewellery, Stained Glass Items

 

 

       Contact me at:

 

Phone:     021 852 7076

Fax:          

Cell:          083 280 2211

Email:       agouws@netactive.co.za

Website:  

 

 

After my retirement, I found myself looking for a pastime that was both interesting and productive. While visiting the Hobby-X in Cape Town, I was fascinated by the beauty and elegance of the glassware on display and took a closer look at this craft.

 

 

It was a pleasant surprise to discover that there is a wide range of techniques that can be learned and products that can be made by a home-based crafter. I was sold on the idea and the decision about my new pastime was made.

 

 

To acquire the necessary skills, I began by attending two courses by Ronel McLachlan on stained glass. This was followed by a course run by Heather and Stan Micallef of Dragon Glass, on fusing and slumping (the warm-glass techniques used to fuse glass sections together, and form the shapes of the final products).

 

With these skills acquired and practiced, I set out on my own, developing my own style and product range, and have been marketing my work since 1999.

 

My work falls into two main categories, kiln-formed glassware, including jewellery (warm glass) and stained glass products (cold glass).

 

My kiln-formed glassware includes bowls and platters of many forms, designs and colours. Useful, decorative and elegant, they are ever popular as tableware, interior decorations, and of course gifts.

 

Somewhat more personal is my range of jewellery, made using dichroic glass with its rich and brilliant metallic colours (see below). This is especially well shown off in pendant designs.

 

I also make a variety of other stained-glass items such as fan lamps, kaleidoscopes and serviette holders. In particular, I make stained glass panels and lampshades to order and am always willing to provide a free quotation. 

 

 

The Magic Of Dichroic Glass

What makes these pendant so special is the use of dichroic glass. This type of glass has more than one colour when viewed from different angles.

To get this effect, up to 30 micro-thin layers of different metal oxides are deposited on a glass disk. The oxides are vaporised with an electron beam gun in a high temperature vacuum furnace. These metallic vapours condense on the surface of the glass.

The technology for making dichroic glass was originally developed for the space industry (e.g. for satellite mirrors). It became popular during the 1990s for use in glass blowing, bead making and kiln work. Present industrial applications include lighting, fibre optics and sunglasses. To make a pendant like this one, I fuse up to six layers of dichroic and other glass in a kiln.

Due to the chemical interaction between the different types of glass as well as variations in the firing process, the result is never the same. Thus each pendant is unique.

 

 

Last Updated 04 November 2017 16:16