Johan Slabbert

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BIOGRAPHY

Johan Slabbert is a Bloemfontein-based jewellery artist. Slabbert exploits skills acquired through the jewellery manufacturing trade to serve as his medium and express his creativity. Hence his work moves beyond just jewellery design and manufacturing but also traverses into contemporary and fine art pieces.

Slabbert completed his N6 in Jewellery design at the Bloemfontein Technical College in 1996 and then worked in the industry for the following 8 years honing and applying his jewellery manufacturing and design skills. In 2002 his works were selected for the FNB VITA Craft Now Awards Exhibition, at Museum Africa, Johannesburg. In 2005 Slabbert was appointed as lecturer at the Motheo TVET College where he has developed a very positive reputation in the jewellery industry with the students who he trains. His students are often success stories and have themselves received several awards.

In September 2007 Slabbert exhibited in the Motheo FET Lecturer Exhibition in Bloemfontein and in August 2009 at the Lecturer Exhibition at the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley. His work is also included in The War Museum (Universal Suffering) permanent collection (2013) as part of the 100 years’ commemoration of the National Women’s Memorial. In 2017, Slabbert won the award for the most talented trainer in the national Thuthuka Jewellery Awards Exhibition (hosted by the University of Johannesburg) at theFADA Gallery. He was also a finalist in the Phatshoane Henney New Breed 2017 Fine Art competition hosted by the Oliewenhuis Art Museum. His installation work is now included in the Phatshoane Henney Attorneys private art collection.