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  • Blow Your Sculpture – glass exhibition

    Blow Your Sculpture – glass exhibition

    Tue, Feb 19, 2019

    Event:                                     Blow Your Sculpture – glass exhibition

    When:                                      13 March – 28 April 2019

    Opening                                   Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 18:00 for 18:30

    Where:                                     South Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum

    Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia

    Walkabout:                               Saturday, 30 March at 11:00



    Blow Your Sculpture (BYS) is a collaborative project to explore and introduce glass as an expressive medium by inviting artists from other media, and our small South African glass fraternity itself, to make blown glass sculptures.

    In its third iteration since 2014, Blow Your Sculpture is rapidly evolving into a substantial collaborative project breaking new boundaries.

    Our first project was part of the Cool Capital biennial in 2014 which exhibited the final works at Modern Art Projects (and are now part of their permanent collection). Thereafter, BYS took place in 2016, coinciding with Cool Capital. We hosted an open-air exhibition at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, and thereafter at the Pretoria Art Museum.

    Basically, BYS wants to introduce non-glass artists, designers, architects and the like to the possibilities glass has to offer. Artists are invited to make a mould or have a concept to shape hot glass.

    This year, Blow Your Sculpture takes place at Smelt Glass Studio in Victoria Yards, Johannesburg. Smelt is one of the shining stars in South Africa's local glass community. It is run by Martli Jansen van Rensburg and Mike Hyam.

    The desired result of BYS is growth in the hand-made glass industry in South Africa. Through new processes and challenges, individual participants bring new ideas and concepts to the hotshop – which at times seems like a baptism of fire for both the participant as well as the skilled blowers.

    Key to this is the unbiased outsider nature of the artist's concepts. Artists not familiar with glass have ideas which at times can be quite challenging, especially for the skilled blowers, yet open new avenues through problem solving on the fly.

    So far, every creative has brought something new to the hotshop floor. Although the basic combination of fire, sand and air to form molten glass is the same, the results speak of individual voices expressing themselves through an almost unpredictable process in an unfamiliar milieu.


    Artists participating in Blow Your Sculpture 2019 include:

    1. Guy du Toit
    2. Peter du Toit
    3. Ian Redelinghuys
    4. Gordon Froud
    5. Maxi Pretorius
    6. Martli Jansen van Rensburg
    7. Caitlin Greenberg
    8. Mike Hyam
    9. Richard Forbes
    10. Charl Enslin
    11. Lothar Böttcher (Instigator/Coordinator/Curator)

    Blow Your Sculpture opens at the Pretoria Art Museum on 13 March 2019 at 18:00 for 18:30 and will be on show until the end of April, with a walkabout on 30 March 2019.


    Lothar Böttcher

    083 276 7594



    The Pretoria Art Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.

    It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

    Guided tours can be arranged on request.

    Pretoria Art Museum

    Tel: 012 358 6750


    GPS coordinates: 25°44'53.63"S; 28°12'45.20"E

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