Jochen Holz

Jochen Holz is a glass artist whose innovative employment of lampworking, a form of glassblowing used primarily to make scientific equipment, is repurposing the technique in the design and art world. Indeed, whilst he has received training in scientific lampworking, Holz has chosen to practice it creatively, a radical departure from its traditional usage which positions him as one of the only people working in his field in the UK.

Through extensive practice, Holz has developed a distinct language in his craft. One example is his method for texturing clear glass tubes by pressing molten areas onto different surfaces such as perforated metal or wood, resulting in textured, undulating tableware. Always pushing perceived ideas of his material, Holz sees this tableware series–enriched with character, shape and history–as the antithesis of Walter Benjamin’s idea that glass is a ‘material with no aura’.
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His work with neon is similarly original. Examining the possibilities of sculptural lighting, he bypasses the conventional thin, wall-mounted lamps and opts instead for thick borosilicate glass tubing to create free-standing 3D shapes and immersive light installations.

Holz has developed work in a range of contexts from fashion jewelry for Peter Pilotto’s AW17 show to gallery work with See-ds and numerous design fairs such as Nomad Monaco and Miami Basel and Tresor and his latest solo show ‘disrupt’ with Make, Hauser and Wirth Somerset.

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) and as visiting lecturer at the Rca ceramics and glass department.
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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

2020   ‘Modern Master’, HWK München, Munich
2020   ‘Collect’, Seeds Gallery, London
2020   ‘Make Space’, Hauser and Wirth, Somerset
2019   Design Miami/ 2018, The Future Perfect, Miami, Florida
2019   Showcase at Wolfson College, Oxford
2019   ‘Masters of Disguise’, Seeds Gallery, London
2019   ‘Superficies’, Flow Gallery, London
2019   ‘New Glass’, 25 Year Anniversary Show, Corning Museum, New York
2018   Design Miami/ 2018, The Future Perfect, Miami, Florida
2018   ‘Collect’ Saatchi Gallery with See-ds Gallery, London
2018   ‘The House Electric’, A Plus A Gallery, Venice
2018.  ‘A Future Heritage’, Decorex, 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