Indlulamithi

Blown, sculpted glass giraffe head

The Zulu word Indlulamithi directly translated means “Above the trees”. The Giraffe is a curios animal, and likewise I have always been interested in and admired them. These heads are made in several stages. The first involves overlaying colours on the separate gathers of glass, creating a graal blank.

Once it has been annealed (controlled cooling), the pattern is carved into it using specialist diamond tools. It is then slowly reheated and re-blown, features are added, and it is shaped into its final form. It is finished off by sandblasting and acid etching giving it a smooth, silky, matt finish. It is a lengthy, intricate and complex process, taking many weeks in its entirety; each head is therefore unique, with a distinct character.

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