Artisans of the Tasman Peninsula
The Tasmanian Kaleidoscope Company - Ben Kurczok
The Tasman Peninsula is home to a number of imaginative individuals who have chosen to pursue their creative passions in this inspirational part of the world. It was in 2001 that Ben Kurczok established his studio at Eaglehawk Neck, overlooking the picturesque Pirates Bay.
Ben discovered his passion for working with Tasmania’s beautiful timbers in high school. After completing a Diploma of Applied Design he embraced the opportunity of establishing his own business making kaleidoscopes.
He uses specialised apparatus to vacuum deposit aluminium onto glass to produce high quality front surface reflective mirrors. These mirrors are assembled and angled correctly to produce multiple images that are seen when looking into the kaleidoscope. His designs vary in complexity and use a variety of materials such as colourful agate, press dried flowers or hand blown glass balls as the source for the images to be viewed. Ben’s wood working craftsmanship is used to house the interior workings of the kaleidoscope and to display the natural beauty of Tasmanian timbers such as Huon Pine, Blackwood, Blackheart, Sassafras and Myrtle.
Recipients of kaleidoscopes from The Kaleidoscope Company include the Dalai Lama of Tibet, the King of Nepal, the Governor General of New Guinea, the Sultan of Oman, the President of Toyota, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello.
Ben distributes his products through a number of specialist galleries in Tasmania as well as over the internet and from his studio at 10 Albert Street, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania.
Phone: 03 62503979
Mobile: 0439 445 505
- Eaglehawk Neck
- This small town sits on the very narrow isthmus that separates Tasman and Forestier peninsulas. In convict times it was blockaded by police, soldiers and a line of chained savage dogs to prevent escape from the Port Arthur penal settlement. It is now known as a fishing spot, with a tuna-fishing fleet operating from Pirates Bay.