Hendrik van Vuuren is a native of South Africa, and has lived in the United States since 2001. His glass work is inspired by both his African roots and his Dutch ancestry. The son of a builder, Hendrik is entirely self-taught and began developing his technique in 2011 after purchasing a beat-up ceramics kiln that was being discarded from a Raleigh art school. His work, process and style evolve with every sculpture and experiment. Each piece is handmade, and begins as an original design in clay. Hendrik currently lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife and two small children.