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No heart of glass: artist uplifts recyclables, youngsters and ...

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No heart of glass: artist uplifts recyclables, youngsters and his country

With no glass collection process in Ghana, Michael Tetteh is turning glass waste into art and creating jobs

Cooper Inveen and Francis Kokoroko

Michael Tetteh, Ghana’s only professional glassblower, clenched his teeth as he gripped a red-hot ball of molten glass, his burnt and blistered hands bare against the steaming stack of wet newspaper he used to protect them.

The 44-year-old toiled in the heat of scrap-metal kilns burning at nearly 1,500ºC, pregnant with melted windowpanes, TV screens and soda bottles he would soon transform into elaborate vases swirling with psychedelic colour. Some become red vases with streaks of black, others green pitchers and some clear, everyday bottles.

“Glass ... is my passion, my heart,” he said. “It’s like life. It takes you on a journey from one (stage) to another.”..

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