About Martli

Martli Jansen van Rensburg have been working as an artist and glass designers for the last twenty years.

She  finished her degree in Fine Arts at TUT in 2000, received a scholarship to study glass design in Sweden in 2007 and had extensive training as a glass blower in the UK, Germany and Scotland. Currently she is Director at Smelt Glass studio together with Mike Hyam. She produces art,  designs work and lectures at Tshwane University of Technology.


Though Martli has excelled as a designer, she also sees herself first as a conceptual artist exploring the realm of abstract forms, and second as a glass blower, who practices a craft or skill. She puts forward a persuasive case for glass, for the physical process of making it, and its ability to express abstract truth, which has traditionally been the territory of fine arts. In the last twelve years she was part of many group exhibitions locally and abroad and worked on various art projects eg.  Grolch at 2010 Artfair, Coca –Cola, Absa Bank, Absa Capital, Cell C, Absolute Vodka and British Airways, Durban Slow Lounge.  Her work has been finalist on competitions – Absa Atelier, Brett Kebble artist Award, Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award and FNB Crafts Award.


In 2003 she established a glass design company called MOLTEN.  The products range from everyday utilitarian products, limited edition vases, bowls and custom made lights. She works with various architects and interior designers to produce custom made lights and commissions. In 2009 molten won the Elle Decorations – Edida Awards for best table-ware in South Africa.


In 2008 Martli joined  partnership with Ilse Doyer, Roland Rohrs and Glamosa Glass to start Smelt glass studio in Melville, Johannesburg. Since then Mike Hyam and Martli joined forces to run Smelt in 2013.

Smelt Glass Studio provides the only open access glass blowing facility in South Africa. It’s mission is to promote the innovation and exploration of glass blowing in South Africa through various educational programs and collaboration with  glass artists. Central to this is the development of young people in the skills of making high end glass.


Martli has always had a passion for teaching and sharing her skills and developing glass in South Africa. Between 2004-2008 she was a lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology in the glass department and during 2008 -2011 she trained young up coming artist and  rural glass blowers from Kwa-Zulu Natal at Smelt glass studio. At smelt studio she hosted a student project for the National Arts Council and was part of the   Ekhuruleni mentorship Program for 2009.  Currently Martli lectures glass  part time at Tshwane University of Technology, Fine Arts Department.

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