Our latest collection Shaman recently hit the shelves of our KG stores and we thought we would share with you where our unique glass beads came from. Back in April, Kirsten traveled to Accra, the capital city of Ghana, for some much-needed inspiration and discovered the traditional technique of making Ghanaian glass. Deep within Accra, the process of making glass beads takes time and care with each bead made entirely by hand. The beads are made from recycled glass which is crushed by hand and fired in a kiln before the makers delicately hand-paint each bead in an array of different colours and traditional patterns.
With ropes of Ghanaian glass in hand, Kirsten returned to the dream-room and the story of Shaman began…
The collection draws on influences of tribal adornment, the natural versus the supernatural and magical forces. With colour and texture playing a key role in the collection, the organically formed traditional glass combined with faceted cut semi-precious stones and highly polished metal create a beautiful juxtaposition.
Each piece from the collection that features Ghanaian glass is entirely unique to itself and cannot be reproduced >> speak to your nearest store or email email@example.com for availability.
Ropes of hand painted Ghanaian glass beads
The yard full of recycled glass ready for crushing!
Glass is sorted into colours and crushed into tiny pieces
Stacks of crucibles (bead molds that can withstand the heat of the furnace)
Star shaped bead mold
Crucibles being fired in the kiln
Painting the beads
Intricately hand painting details onto each bead
Sticks of hand painted beads waiting to be fired in the kiln again
Mountains of hand painted Ghanaian glass beads!
Kirsten with the master bead maker choosing glass beads for Shaman