Glass artist, Marguerite Beneke, was born in 1973 and grew up in Pretoria. As a child she had a natural flair for art and spent many hours drawing and painting. Whilst working in the corporate world as a trainer, she continued painting in acrylics and oils but also developed a keen interest in stained glass and glass etching. Soon she started doing commissions for work colleagues.
In 2003, she and her husband decided to move away from the busy city life and settle in the quaint little Karoo town of Aberdeen. It is here that she set up a professional studio and started her full time career as a glass artist. Inspired by the Karoo she began trying to capture the atmosphere in her glass work.
It took a few years of experimenting with different firing schedules, glass enamels and mediums to create her unique style of fused glass pieces. Marguerite considers herself a “constant student” and enjoys experimenting with her medium to create new and fresh designs in glass.
Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout South Africa and has been sold to international clients. She has done commissions for the South African Air Force, Scatec solar and other corporate companies.
Marguerite has started teaching her master classes in the UK and Canada in 2019.