About Us

John (Hansa) van Horssen was born in Montfort, Holland in 1946 and emigrated to Australia with his family in 1954, settling in Gippsland, Victoria. He has worked as a truckdriver, hairdresser, deckhand and farmworker. Initially inspired by his mother Rita van Horssen (1919 - 2014, well known to glazing afficionados in Victoria), Hansa learned to love glazing while living in an artists' colony in Uki, northern New South Wales, in the 1970s.

Hansa now lives in Quaama on the Far South Coast of NSW with his partner, web-designer Jen Severn.

Hansa has developed his own unique glass-on-glass techniques. On high-quality preformed glass, he weaves, tilts and sprays layers of molten coloured ceramic glass glaze, kiln-fired to 600C each time, to achieve effects that mesmerise and delight.

The laminates that result are permanent, perfect for candleholders or flower arrangements (Hansa's vases are sought-after by Ikebana artists) but beautiful as ornaments in their own right.

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