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Beautifull wil host a grand opening at the Factory on Grant in Norwood on Sunday from 18:30.
Several artists have been invited to exhibit in the gallery space with new and spectacular work on show.
Please join us for this seminal collaborative show of sculptures, paintings, decor, flowers, music and all things Beautifull.


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Its dark. Our electrical network is shedding its load, “Disconnect Meditation” hour for many, actually getting used to the …
Thinking… Things are bad with lots of hope. One step at a time,one step at a time to a common goal. Lots of steps to take yet, but it starts with the first step. Find a common direction and start walking, together.
Direction is important but the paths are multitude.

Over the past few weeks many initiatives and conversation about glass and exhibitions were kindled. I suspect a fire is building. Great things are coming!
Lots of hard work ahead and looking sooo forward tucking in. Just placing these words bitby bit on this screen is becoming a liberation. (I also wish my space bar worked properly.)

(and there its gone,that tingling feeling I got in my gut. That rumble tumble,tapping along , bursts from my fingertips. And soon I’ll probably put a nail into the space bar.
Attenzione!! Attenzione!!
The moment has started and now its forward. Head for the hills!

Day two. It has been two days now that Nicki has gone down to Cape Town for Kamers. Sounds like they had a good start today.
It’s also dark again… Last night the power was out till six this morning. HEY! Lights are on!!

You know what this means? I am connected to the outside again…

Whew, I’m glad we got lights again. A whole night seems stressful. Without electricity, that is. (I really would enjoy typing more if the keyboard,the space bar, would work properly!)
But what to do?

I’m diverting my attention now with some intertainment.

Good morning. It is Saturday. Laundry in the machine, spinning, spinning.

Thinking back on this week… It has been filled with many conversations, positive and progressive plotting of the future. Mainly discussions revolved around glass. Some were enlightened observations, of a personal nature, which hit home. Actually this particular conversation was about strings, how strings are metaphors of personal attachments and the depth of their connections. Where do we come from? What is influencing our current behaviour?
I am fortunate to have these insights and people, friends who want to share and grow. I feel alive!

This morning I read an article in the Mail & Guardian ( by Trevor Ncube. I agree that the many of the troubles in our country come from strings attached far far back into history and relationships. I also agree that the leadership in our country is completely non-inspiring.
My personal observation is that politics is too embedded in national discourse. To much time and energy is spent on who is doing what and how must it be done etc.
More time must be spent on getting the shit done. It starts with taking the first step, irrespective if it might be the wrong one. We must move away from this polarised space and quit blaming others for our own inabilities.
We must take responsibility for our own freedom. We must realise that it will take constant hard work forever to liberate ourselves.

Yesterday I installed my sculpture at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia. The title of this work is “Web” and consists of several facetted lenses with holes drilledthrough them. Each lens is suspended among trees via string through the holes.
I had an idea and could see an image in my head. Each step was intuitive. I loved the process of making and would like to refer this to my above statement of taking steps.
I knew where I wanted to go and by just starting and going I traversed this space of uncertainty to a pleasing result of my labour.

Please come and see these amazing journeys undertaken by fearless artists at Jozi Landart opening tomorrow at noon by Jenny Crwys-Williams.

Artists participating in this third edition of Jozi Land Art: Lucas Thobejane, Lothar Böttcher, Anni Snyman, Erica Luttich, Gordon Froud, Chris Reinders, George Holloway, Moira McMurray, Sybrand Wiechers, Ronel Wheeler, Yannis Generalis, Di Miller, Gail Wilson, Colleen Winter, Lew Rosenberg, Suzanne Shaw, Ann-Marie Tully and Andrea Rolfes, Marilyn du Toit and Chantel Marais.
The opening is Sunday 10 May at 12:00.

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So, I have started this blog and am at odds of what exactly to post. Do I promote myself and build up an identity to be broadcast all over the globe? What do I want to get out of a blog? This last question might be the key to my dilemma.
I want to voice my opinion. I want to say lots of things on lots of different themes. I love art. I love art with glass and think I have a keen eye recognising good art made of glass. I love reading. I read about news and happenings to inform myself, of maybe understanding my place in all this. There is so much media and information at our fingertips. This is great but also has its perils.
Come to think of it my sculptures have been dealing with mass media and our perception or perspective of the world due to its influence.
I have used the narrative of our accelerated interconnectedness by making lenses. These are metaphors of mass-produced electronic devises – our information feeding troughs, if you like. All the information we feed on can be considered second hand. Broad cast moments ago…
My lenses explore this notion. My lenses are designed to play with immediacy. They “beam” all the direct info / light / image from beyond into the viewers eye. They encourage the awareness and experience of that which is here around us right now.

It saddens me that we are standing on the brink of full blown violence yet again. I can but only hope that sensibility will prevail and that the past which shaped this nation will guide us through this perilous time.
We must hold on to our humanity and understand that we all bleed red, all have similar desires. We must focus on the future we want for our children and realize it will only be possible through hard work and working together.
Everything that has been accomplished thus far will be destroyed if we don’t take responsibility and selflessly lead our beloved South Africa out of these days of darkness.


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In 2013 I experienced my first Afrika Burn. There are no words that could possibly describe the experience. You drive through the last outpost of civilization on the West side of South Africa (sorry Calvinia) and then turn down an unforgiving tire chewing dirt road to the end of the world.

Obviously I read a lot about AB before this trip. What to take with and what to expect. One word caught my eye and stuck – “participation“. In the guidelines and well stocked informative website it states:
“We call it the “DO-ocracy”. Forget standing at the sidelines. Jump in with both feet and get busy.”

Well, I prepared and packed my little suitcase of mirrors and tested the waters with a theoretical project. If one could focus sunlight with enough mirrors on a combustible target we should get fire? Fire from the sky… right?

This initial test was a failure but the idea was a success. All the participants (I packed 100 mirrors and got at least 25 people to hold two mirrors each) believed in the theory!

So, back to the drawing board… I started preparing and mulling over ideas to make this project a success.

AB 2014 was fast approaching and with the help of great friends – Thomas König & Samuel Weisenborn – we built the sculpture and fine-tuned the details with contingency plans. Anything that could possibly go wrong was though off and sorted. Then Thomas slipped of the first rung of the stepladder whilst we were busy with the final coat of paint, one week before lift off, and broke his ankle. Disaster!!

Thomas, being who he is, kept the spirits high. He helped direct the packing as we needed his Land Rover to get down, flailing his crutches as we tied down the steel to the roof rack. We needed a four-man crew. Billy, Sam’s 20 year old son and Inglin, my son, made up the final crew. (b.t.w. Sam and Billy flew in especially from Germany, helped with the construction and made this project possible.)

Cosmic Ignition” refers to bringing fire from the sky. It is a participatory art project that enables the spirit of participation and collective focus to achieve a common goal. The basic outline is to have volunteers help reflect sunlight from the sky on a “target”, igniting the combustible materials (newspaper and pine cones) and bring the Mother Flame to Earth.

The gods smiled on us and send fire from the sky. Guiding the light we ignited Cosmic Ignition and lit the Mother Flame.

Thank you to all you beautiful people who helped prove the theory right last year! Keep on giving and never stop participating!!


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In 2013 I had a solo exhibition titled “Anomaly” at Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

The show was held at Parts & Labour .


– a deviation/departure from what is normal or expected –

Our perception of the world and our powers of observation are shifting. In the new global village we consume and disperse vast amounts of second-hand information through PC’s, smart-phones, and television. But despite our enhanced interconnectivity we are more estranged from reality and each other than ever before.

Through this collection of interactive sculptural lenses, Anomaly offers the mind’s eye an altered view of our world. Using time-honoured traditional cold-working techniques, solid blocks of optical crystal are transformed into unique viewfinders.

Each step in creating an Anomaly is done by hand, from the delicate process of shaping and carving to the final 10-stage finish and polishing.
I manipulate angles of clarity, reflection and distortion to compel the viewer to look at the glass, but see the world within.

Grid #3

Grid #3


Deep View


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