Mlink Glass Studio-3 Apr 2017
Bruce and Tariro Mutenure.
My wife(Tariro)and l worked for the same company for a number of years,and so when we were both abruptly retrenched in February 2017 we took a bold decision to start our small company with very little savings which we had,and we registered Mlink Glass Studio in March 2017.
When we named our company Mlink Glass Studio,we wanted a name that would recognize us in any small way,so because our surname is Mutenure we decided to call it (M)link,its the link between the two of us,linking our skills and ideas together.
All our products are carefully and individually handmade,and each piece is unique.We take pride in our work and love seeing clients walking in smile at and getting inspired by what we make.
From when we opened our Studio in April 2017 to date,we continue to see growth,not only growth in scale,and business growth but also skills and creative growth.
We thank the local community,the region of Garden route,friends and all our clients from allover the country and tourists,for their unending support and encouragement.
Bruce is a Carpenter by trade and worked on a number of projects including government guests house in Pretoria completing a full spectrum of furniture and fittings, he also worked at CSIR in Pretoria for a number of years before leaving to work with glass.
It’s been six years now that Bruce has been working with glass, his training and experience in creating and fusing glass is now vast and possesses a natural creative ability with glass. His passion and love for this craft can be seen in his works.
Tariro comes from a Retail background where she worked as a supermarket manager, so she has invaluable communication skills and always meets her client’s needs,and also having done Fashion and Fabrics course it adds so much in her designing skills.
With three years experience in working with glass she is able to create exquisite jewellery pieces. Her love for the craft can also be seen in the tender and delicate manner in which she goes about creating the pieces.
What is Glass Fusing.
Glass fusing is the technique used to join glass pieces together by partly melting the glass at high temperature. The fusion process requires multiple pieces of glass, with a minimum of two. The heating is commonly undertaken in an electric kiln.
Type of glass.
The glass that we use for jewellery making is called Millefiori, it comes from Italy. Other glass for homeware and art pieces is called Bullseye, this glass is shipped from America.