Lorna Reade is a professional artist, gallery owner and glass blower, born and raised in Zambia. Now living and working in the beautiful Breede River Valley with her husband, master glass blower, David Reade. Traveling through Africa and meeting people from various cultural backgrounds instilled a deep rooted love for the continent.

This passion is depicted in her paintings and glass work, especially so in her series “Dreams of Africa” which she has continually added to over the past thirty years. It is therefore no surprise that this same passion, quite by accident, became the seed out of which Ashes in Glass grew.

During a visit to the Czech Republic in 2003 Lorna met, as she describes him, a dear old soul who made glass memorial keepsakes with photos attached to them. This chance meeting with a stranger in a far away land made Lorna realise what a special gift this man’s art is to someone who has lost loved ones and Ashes in Glass was born.

Lorna’s very first pendants were made for two little girls who had lost their mother. Lorna still remembers the cobalt blue pendants with silver angel wings she created. The girls hung them on their headboards as a reminder of their mother’s love.

Lorna Reade in the Ashes in Glass Studio

Professional Timeline

Lorna's artwork has been exhibited in art galleries in Paris, London, Ontario, New York and Cape Town

2014 - present
Continues work on her signature range "Dreams of Africa" and numerous commissions

Permanent art exhibition at The Barn Art Gallery, Worcester

2.2 meter Bronze sculpture of  MANDELA for Worcester Town square, Garden of Remembrance
(at the time it was the 5th official sculpture of Mr Mandela in a public setting)

30 meter Perspex stain glass inspired Christmas panel for Mountain Mill Mall

2006 - 2010
Numerous Exhibitions at:
The Erma Stern Art Gallery
Hout Bay Art Gallery
Wavis Bay Art Gallery
Johann Smith Clarins
Hugo Naude Art Museum
FynBos Art Festival

Commissined to do a series of paintings for new Medi City, Worcester
Corporate business paintings commissioned by Ecos Investment
Started Ashes in Glass

1992 - 2005
Numerous commissions and exhibitions

Married Master Glass blower David Reade
Opened The Barn Art Gallery and Coffee Shop in a restored 1789 wine cellar in Worcester

1987 - 1991
Opened her first Art Gallery and Coffee Shop in Worcester, Binneman Art Gallery

First official commission, Oil painting for The David Hotel in Jerusalem
Solo and group exhibitions in Johannesburg and Pretoria as Lorna Hoffman
Exhibitions thereafter as Lorna Binneman, on a local as well as an international platform
Merit Award, Annual Group Exhibition in P.E., Watercolour
Merit Award, Rembrandt Young Artists, Oil

First group exhibition: JHB Art Gallery, Joubert Park (Merit Award)

Art apprentice for MGM Studio and Kinekor Film Studio
Designer for Pilkington Tiles of London


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