Glass Artist, Stephen Bradbourne

Stephen Bradbourne was trained by pioneering NZ glass artist Garry Nash in the ’90s and worked in Nash’s studio for over a decade, learning all aspects of the glass-blower’s craft Stephen became fascinated with the colourful Italian “Murrine” technique  and has been blowing his own designs since 2005.

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Born in Auckland in 1969, Stephen Bradbourne grew up in West Auckland and attended Carrington Polytech between 1988 and 1991, graduating with a Diploma in Craft Design(major in ceramics). He immediately received critical recognition for his ceramic work and was awarded a Judges Commendation at the internationally acclaimed Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Awards in 1993.

In 1992 Stephen was offered a job at Sunbeam Glassworks were he quickly found an

affinity for glassblowing, soon becoming an efficient and highly skilled production blower. Over the next decade he maintained dual careers in both ceramics and hot glass, successfully exhibiting works in both medium.

In 2005 Stephen left his position at Sunbeam Glassworks to focus fully on his own

designs, specializing in intricate traditional Italian glass techniques which include Murrine, Mosaic and Twisted Cane styles.

Stephen is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s most multi-talented and original glass artists. He has been the recipient of many awards winning both the Cavalier Bremworth Luminous Glass Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Glass Award in 2007.

Stephen continues to exhibit widely in both solo and group shows and his work is included in many public and private collections both in New Zealand and Internationally.

Video by Augusto for Mac’s Beer

Dave Berry Crafted Guitars

Dave Berry is a respected guitar builder and repairman who lives and works in New Zealand.  In the 1990′s he ran Kiwi Music Co and later opened Valve Bar, a small rock venue.  His ground breaking work in crafting instruments is best known for his use of sustainable materials.  His signature Model 1 is made of a Bamboo body.  

The following video was shot and produced by Augusto for Mac’s Craft Collective (Mac’s Beer), who, like us, enjoy craft.

Tasting Craft Beer for the First Time in Slow Motion

This video pretty much captures the emotion of watching your friends faces when you finally convinced them to take the leap and drink a better beer.  Of course you have to run them through all the beers before you find one that fits their palate.

In the beginning of the video the text translates to –  “We summon people from different age and sex who had not ever tried craft beer”  

This video was produced by CerveTV and Oh My Beer


How to Brew Vacuum Pot Coffee

Vacuum Pots are an old and established method of preparing great coffee.  It brews coffee using two chambers where vapor pressure and vacuum produce coffee. This type of coffee maker is also known as vac pot, siphon or syphon coffee maker, and was invented by Loeff of Berlin in the 1830s. These devices have since been used for more than a century in many parts of the world and more recently have been given a new use by molecular mixologists and chefs to make hot cocktails and broths
Vacuum Pots are not entirely simple to use and tend to be fragile, but if you’re careful and enjoy tinkering, the results can be stunning.

Video by Stumptown Coffee Roasters

How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

Dave Asprey, “The Bulletproof Exec“, is a biohack who discovered the power of an ingredient that goes into bulletproof coffee during a trip to Tibet in 2004. Bulletproof coffee is a low-toxin cup of joe that he recommends as a replacement for breakfast. He says it promotes weight loss, and has a massive impact on cognitive function.


You can download the Bulletproof Coffee Recipe Card by clicking here

Have you tried Bulletproof coffee?  Let us know what you think below.

Donavon Frankenreiter performs “It Don’t Matter” on Sonny’s Porch

Sonny’s Porch is an event for traveling bands looking to get off the road and have a little fun.  The event is put together by SunBum in Cocoa Beach, FL,  a local company that takes a lot of pride in their craft.  They don’t just have a passion for their company’s products, they have a passion for the entire culture of their audience.  Here’s a great song by Donavon Frankenreiter who stopped by for a performance.

You can check out other music by Donavon by clicking here