The Master’s Commission Competition Winner, Jochen Holtz, was announced at the Glass Dinner on 24 September 2015 by Sharon Solomons of specialist fine art shippers, Art Logistics Ltd, the Competition’s sponsors.
Born in 1970, Jochen trained as a technical glass blower in Germany and completed a BA Hons in Applied Arts at Edinburgh (2000) and an MA in Design at The Royal College of Art (2003). Since graduating, he has worked as a freelance glassmaker and designer from his studio in Stratford, East London.
Jochen’s design approach is led by the making process and the flow of hot glass, navigating the possibilities and restrictions of the technique and material. He creates functional, tactile objects organically conceived drinking glasses, carafes, vases.
He has won a number of design prizes, including the RSA Award and Centre Prize, and was shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Glass Prize.
About the tumblers
Technique: lampworking to blow clear borosilicate glass.
Every piece is made individually and formed by a variety of tools to produce unique shapes and textures. Files, cheese graters or found pieces of metal are pressed into the hot glass, imprinting the texture of the tools to form/deform the glass bubble into the final shape. Each tumbler is stamped with the initials GMR and year, and engraved on the base with the artist’s name and its limited edition number.
The Competition’s sponsors