Southern Guild (www.joburgartfair.co.za/article/southern-guild-0) showed for the 3rd time at the Jhb Art Fair in 2011. My Ngwenya Vases were presented at the show, entitled ‘inner volume vases’ – forms within forms.
This was the most exciting development from my short trip to Swaziland earlier in the year. The idea of lifting the water off of the table was interesting to me, and the interplay between a large amount of air encapsulated inside a glass sheath.
The production process of these vases was really hard to master for the blowers at Ngwenya. As an outsider in the factory, I was able to push the glass blowers into spaces that they would not have considered going themselves… This is an area I hope to work in more in future (especially with other African producers with special skills and processes).
The range was EXTREMELY well received at the fair, all the vases selling out in the first 3 hours of the show (to my surprise). It was a great encouragement to me that I am well suited to continue exploring this kind of product and skills development work in the future..