Jochen Holz

Jochen Holz is a London-based German artist and glassblower. His work always pushes its material, defying conventional notions of glass as pure and uncorrupted - and includes both tableware and lighting.
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After studying at the Edinburgh College of Art and London Royal College of Art, Holz worked for different brands, like Hay from Denmark, while developing his unique style. Inspired by glass in its liquid form, he engineered his own method of texturing glass by pressing molten areas onto different surfaces -- like perforated metal or wood - resulting in the patterned glass used in his tableware pieces.

He also brings lampworking -- a form of glassblowing used primarily to make scientific equipment– into the art world. His work with neon bypasses the conventional thin, wall-mounted lamps and opts instead for thick borosilicate glass tubing to create free-standing 3D shapes.

Holz works also includes fashion jewellery for Peter Pilotto’s AW17 show, fine art with See-ds (London, 2017) and numerous design fairs such as Cumuliform at Nomad Monaco (Monaco, 2017) and Miami Basel (Miami, 2016). He has taught lampworking around the world from experimental research program RoboGlass (University of Taipei, Taiwan, 2014) to From 2d to 3D (Domaine de Boisbuchet, France, 2014) and London’s Festival of Stuff (UEL, 2016).
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2001-2003  Masters in Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, London
1997-2000  Bachelors/ Honors in Glass, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
1992-1995  Apprenticeship in scientific lampworking, Glasfachschule Hadamar, Germany

Selected Exhibitions

2018   Design Miami/ 2018, The Future Perfect, Miami, Florida
2018   ‘Collect’ Saatchi Gallery with See-ds Gallery, London
2017   Peter Pilotto: ‘Town house takeover’, London Design Festival, London
2017   ‘Tresor’ Contemporary Craft Fair, Basel
‘The Breakfast Pavillion’, A plus A Gallery and Studio M-L-XL, Venice
2017   ‘Nomad Monaco’, Cumuliform Neon installation, Monaco
2017   Peter Pilotto, Jewellery for Fashion show AW17, February 2017
2017   ‘Meta: Levels of Language, Strata of Matter’, Galleria Salvatore Lanteri, Milan
‘Domestic Appeal’, Chamber Gallery, New York
Supports-Surface’, See-ds, London
2016   ‘Handicraft: Traditional Skills in the Digital Age’, MAK, Vienna
2016   Show Collaboration with Tiago Almeida at Momosan, London
‘Ready Made Go’, Ace Hotel, London
2016   ‘Just what is it’ , Chamber Gallery, New York
Decorex with the New Craftsmen, London
2016   ‘Martino Gamper and Friends’, See-ds, London
‘The Future Lab’ Showcase at Basel and Miami
‘Guts’ Jochen Holz and Richard Wheater, Neon Workshop, Wakefield
2015   ‘Many a Slip’, Marsden Woo Summer Show, London
2014   ‘Atemporaneo’, Apalazzo Art Gallery, Brescia
2014   ‘Robo Glass’ Taipei University, Taiwan


2018   Winner of ‘Arts Foundation’ Prize
2015   Winner of commission competition ‘Guild of the Master Glass Sellers’
2004   Shortlisted for Bombay Sapphire Award
2003   Winner of Centre Prize Award
2000   RSA Bursary Award 6 month placement at Dartington Crystal


2018   Hole and Corner, May
2018   Crafts Magazine, March/April
2017   Brutus, June
2017   Novembre Magazine, Issue 11
2016   New York Times T-Magazine, September issue