Our Story

Francois van der Merwe

The visionary founder of Live Light Stained Glass.

A graduate in fine art from Nelson Mandela University, Francois’s artistic journey flourished during his six-month restoration work on a historic church in Port Elizabeth under mentor Donald Woodhead. His skills further evolved during eight enriching years in Ireland, where he worked with Aria Stained Glass under the Irish Heritage Council.

Returning to South Africa in 2009, Francois founded Live Light Stained Glass in Paarl, where his commitment to craftsmanship and tradition is reflected in every meticulously designed, manufactured, restored, painted, and conserved stained glass window and ceiling installation.

soft pastel windows at Tashas le Parc
Glass Ceiling Installation at Tashas Melrose Arch
Painted Logo of Window at Hey Joe Brewery

Celeste van der Merwe

Celeste refined her skills during a six-year apprenticeship in Ireland with Aria Stained Glass, under the guidance of the Irish Heritage Council.

Since joining Live Light Stained Glass in 2014, Celeste has become an essential part of the team, showcasing her dedication through the intricate and vibrant work she contributes.

At Live Light Stained Glass, Celeste plays a crucial role in both restoring and primarily manufacturing a variety of windows, ensuring each piece is a testament to her passion and talent.

mosaic bust with flowers and butterfiles
stained glass tree at Val du Charron
Painted Harry Clarke style portrait of King Arthur
mosaic style window


Panels made & Installed


Happy Customers


Awards Received


Years In Service


Discover the artistry of Live Light Stained Glass in our “Kwêla” feature.

Immerse yourself in the captivating journey of our craftsmanship, witnessing the creation of unique stained glass masterpieces celebrated for their timeless beauty and detail.

Uncover the passion and skill behind Live Light Stained Glass, showcased in this exclusive glimpse into our studio and creations.