Much as we wanted to, we couldn’t possibly fit all the creative crafters we found around SA into our Winter Issue 96. Therefore we’ve listed four more stops if ever you need some retail therapy while on the road.
Eunice Botes Ceramics, West Rand
Technically speaking, Eunice Botes is not a “country crafter” but she does take her inspiration from the family farm outside Brits, something that is evident in the artwork resembling Highveld grass and stark trees decorating her delicate ceramics. Among her latest creations are bird-sprig lamps are inspired by the birds in the area and that can be ordered in any size you prefer.
www.eunicebotes.co.za | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wonkiware needs little introduction but did you know that Wonkiware’s factory shop in George is open to the public? Do pop in if you are looking for that replacement saucer of would like to start your collection.
www.wonkiware.co.za | email@example.com | 044 884 1883
Glass Roots, Sedgefield
Helga Stassen worked as an architect for about 10 years. This included working on Marion Island and Antarctica, and lecturing in construction as well as design at University of Pretoria. ‘In 2009 I happened upon fusing glass and was hooked,’ she says, and this is how Glass Roots game about. Her kiln-formed pieces – fired at least twice at temperatures of up to 900°C – are inspired by ‘the magic of coloured light’ which she tries to harness in different ways in gifts, homeware and jewellery. ‘I play alchemist on a daily basis, experimenting with the chemistry between to different metals and minerals in the various colours of glass.’
Her alchemy will soon extend to a range of coffee tables with coloured glass tops on stainless-steel bases.
Sunbreak Furniture Co-operative
Suurbraak is one of those places that you either love or have never been to. Don’t be surprised if you come across a farmer with a horse-drawn plough working the land. The town’s most famous exports are the wooden chairs Sunbreak Skrynwerkers has been making by hand for over 30 years. Each chair is handcrafted by skilled craftsmen and fitted with hand-woven seats. The wood used for these “Van Gogh” chairs is Eucalyptus and pine, two invasive species growing in the valley.
suurbraakco-op.com | 082 599 4898 | @Suurbraak_coop
Compiled by Erla Rabe