RECYCLED GLASS HEARTS
Our recycled glass hearts are crafted by
rural Krobo artisans in Ghana from discarded beer, pop and antacid
bottles. Made by the Quaynor family, each one is a unique piece of
craftsmanship that is fairly traded.
Slip one into a card, or spread a few
across the tablecloth at a romantic dinner are just a few of the many
ways you can express yourself to your loved ones using these hearts.
One customer in Vashon Island, Washington,
used several dozen hearts as keepsakes for a beach-side wedding. After
nuptials, guests were invited to scour the beach for "sea glass".
Finding their own wedding keepsakes scattered across the sand made the
wedding incredibly memorable to attendees.
In a small workshop in the city of Aburi,
Ghana, the Quaynor family turns recycled glass bottles into whimsical
pieces of sculptural art. A craft form practiced mainly by the Krobo
people, glass molding is a centuries old practice in West Africa.
Beads are an integral part of Krobo life, and play a role in daily
transactions and special initiation ceremonies.
The head of the Quaynor family, Dan, has been working glass for most
of his life. Krobo glass workers pass along their knowledge through
apprenticeships or to their own children. Dan’s older daughters do
much of the glass molding work today.
Most of the glass bottles the Quaynors recycle are salvaged from
roadsides or collected from restaurants and hotels in Accra. The color
of the bottles used dictates the colors of the finished pieces; green
Beck’s bottles, blue Milk of Magnesia bottles and brown Guinness
bottles are favored for their rich colors.
In the years since we’ve been working with the Quaynors, the family
has become quite prosperous. In 2004, the family was able to purchase
a van, which has been extremely useful for collecting glass and for
transporting family and community members.
Zanzib ar Trading Co