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Collection: Guido van Besouw

Guido van Besouw entered the art world when the opportunity arose in 1977 aged 26 to serve as an apprentice under Anton Voorveld an established stained glass artist at the time.

In 1980 Guido launched his career as a full time glass artist, by creating a set of windows and skylights for the Royal Hotel grill room in Durban. In 1984 Guido was invited to group Glass art exhibition at the NSA gallery where he saw blown glass by Shirley Cloete, David Reade and Barry Thompson’s, and was fascinated by the potential of this creative medium.

Ten years later in 1994 he started in earnest to research the possibility of blowing glass and exploring the potential of making his own glass for stained glass windows. By 1996 he had built a furnace acquired kilns and most of the tools needed to blow glass. Early in 1997 Guido started making glass, teaching himself and developing his skills along the way.

Today, Guido van Besouw is recognized as one of the leading glass blowers in South Africa and has mastered the art of hand blown glass. He was awarded the 2003 SA Elle Deco International Design Award for tabletop glass. Guido has been working with glass for thirty years and understands the medium and its potential, and has a unique ability to balance and match colour. He draws his inspiration from nature and his years of experience in creating stained glass windows.

He works from his studio set amongst the green hills of Assagay, Kwa-Zulu Natal, close to The Valley of a Thousand Hills. Fire and sand combine to make liquid glass which Guido then transforms into individual art pieces. Three days later the glass emerges from the annealing kiln in all its beauty, reflecting the colours of fire, sky, earth and water.

Some of his commissions have decorated Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Luanda International Airports, The Blue Waters Hotel and The Royal Hotel in Durban. Many pieces have been presented as official diplomatic gifts by various South African dignitaries. His work can also be found decorating many game lodges in and around Southern Africa. There are over 400 stained glass windows that he has designed and made in churches, schools, country clubs, civic buildings and private homes around South Africa.


40 products
  • Vase - Gold and blue
    Vase - Gold and blue
    Vendor
    Guido van Besouw
    Regular price
    R 2,688.00
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    R 2,688.00
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  • Paper weight lime
    Paper weight lime
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,500.00
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    R 1,500.00
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  • Bowl - Flecked gold brown
    Bowl - Flecked gold brown
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,112.00
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    R 2,112.00
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  • Gourd - Amber large
    Gourd -  Amber large
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,850.00
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    R 2,850.00
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  • Fan bowl amber
    Fan bowl amber
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,820.00
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    R 1,820.00
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  • Vase - Green gold tall
    Vase - Green gold tall
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,688.00
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    R 2,688.00
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  • Bowl - Green fan
    Bowl - Green fan
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 5,760.00
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    R 5,760.00
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  • Candle holder - Rock streams
    Candle holder - Rock streams
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,075.20
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    R 1,075.20
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  • Bowl - Pink rose
    Bowl - Pink rose
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,920.00
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    R 1,920.00
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  • Bowl - Rainbow
    Bowl - Rainbow
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,920.00
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    R 1,920.00
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  • Vase - Spring blues
    Vase - Spring blues
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,016.00
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    R 2,016.00
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  • Vase - Blue gold chunky
    Vase - Blue gold chunky
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,056.00
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    R 1,056.00
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  • Gourd extra large teal green and white
    Gourd extra large teal green and white
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 6,600.00
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    R 6,600.00
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  • Paper weight - White blue
    Paper weight - White blue
    Vendor
    Guido van Besouw
    Regular price
    R 960.00
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    R 960.00
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  • Vase - Turquoise
    Vase - Turquoise
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 3,648.00
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    R 3,648.00
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  • Dish blues
    Dish blues
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,350.00
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    R 1,350.00
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  • Bowl summer
    Bowl summer
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 3,800.00
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    R 3,800.00
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  • Wine decanter - Pink swirl
    Wine decanter - Pink swirl
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,400.00
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    R 2,400.00
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  • Ornament - Pink black lined
    Ornament - Pink black lined
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,304.00
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    R 2,304.00
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  • Ornament pink black lined
    Ornament pink black lined
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,304.00
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    R 2,304.00
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  • Vase chunky amber
    Vase chunky amber
    Vendor
    Guido van Besouw
    Regular price
    R 1,600.00
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    R 1,600.00
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  • Platter pink and grey
    Platter pink and grey
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    Guido van Besouw
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    R 1,450.00
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    R 1,450.00
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  • Ashtray rockstreams amber
    Ashtray rockstreams amber
    Vendor
    Guido van Besouw
    Regular price
    R 1,830.00
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    R 1,830.00
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  • Red wine dec
    Red wine dec
    Vendor
    Guido van Besouw
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    R 2,120.00
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    R 2,120.00
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