Congrats Jeff Zimmer! Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass

coburg.glass.zimmerThe Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass – a European competition for modern glass – just announced the winners for 2014, and WGS alum Jeff Zimmer was awarded 2nd Place in this prestigious award!

At Germany’s Veste Coburg and the European Museum of Modern Glass in nearby Rödental, 170 works of art by 150 international artists from 26 nations.

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Jeff Zimmer works his glass imagery at the Washington Glass School during a 2011 visit.

The international panel of judges consisted of Sven Hauschke, Veste Coburg Art Collections, Milan Hlaveš, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Susanne Jøker-Johnsen, Bornholm, Peter Layton, London, Jutta-Annette Page, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo/Ohio, Anne Vanlatum, Musée-Atelier départemental du Verre, Sars-Poteries and as a non-voting member Klaus Weschenfelder, Veste Coburg Art Collections, selected from the participating artists 11 prize winners.

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Jeff Zimmer, “The Disconnect Between Action and Consequence (Drone I) 2013, Layered hand enameled glass, LED

Jeff’s socially conscious glass works have tremendous depth – due to the physical layering of glass plates. Jeff makes masterly use of the transparency of the medium and imbues his works with a sense of discomfort and ambiguity.

Big Congratulations Jeff!!

The Victoria & Albert Museum Acquires Jeff Zimmer

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum collection of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

Big congrats to WGS alum Jeff Zimmer! Jeff is arguably one of the most successful artists from the Washington Glass School. Jeff was a teaching assistant here at the Glass School, and he went to the UK – to Edinburgh, obtaining a Masters degree in glass painting there in Scotland, where he currently lives. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. 

Jeff Zimmer ‘To See Ourselves As Others See Us’, enameled and sandblasted glass (mounted on LED), 27″w x 21″h x 7″d, 2012


The piece is called “To See Ourselves As Others See Us.”  It was made as half of a pair (the other titled “Ae Fareweel, Alas, Forever”) made for an exhibition titled “Cultural Exchange” organized by the Scottish Glass Society, curated by Mieke Groot and which took place at NorthLands Creative Glass during their conference last year, which is where Reino Liefkes, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the V&A saw the artwork.

Jeff describes his work in the exhibit catalog text :

As an immigrant, I am sensitive to political and social discussions of immigration.  Every country experiences the same anxieties.  People want to retain a perceived essence of place and culture, but rarely consider the effects on other cultures of their own desires to travel, emigrate and trade. The legacy of emigration is a large part of the Scottish psyche, and the ‘Highland Clearances’ are among the most well known and emotive aspects of Scottish history…

‘To See Ourselves As Others See Us,’ rescales the monumental homesick family from George W. Simpsons’s iconic panting ‘A Coronach In The Woods’ in a broader frame so the impact they have had on the lands that they colonized — often by squatting — can be glimpsed: felled trees, austere and uncompromising religion (the church on the outcrop referencing the notion of ‘the city on the hill’) and a reputation for drunken disorderliness. The title is a quote from Scottish national bard Robert Burns’ poem ‘To A Louse’.

Singer Amanda Palmer (of the Dreseden Dolls) and Jeff Zimmer in Edinburgh.
Washington Post Article by Michael O’Sullivan
Thursday, May 26, 2011

As for other news, Jeff will be traveling to the beautiful Bavarian Forest to teach at Bild-Werk Frauenau.  Jeff is also preparing for his debut solo gallery exhibition at Clara Scremini Gallery in Paris in the spring.

In 2011, Jeff was one the artists participating in the Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary exhibit held at Longview Gallery. The Washington Post art critic wrote about the show, singling out Jeff’s work as artwork that “fires up” imagination. It is great to see friends do so well in their passion and career!


Congratulations Jeff Zimmer!

Jeffery Zimmer’s New Work @ Philly Museum Of Art Craft Show

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Jeff Zimmer, We Were All Wrong (The Home of My Father), 2011.
Multiple layers of enameled and sandblasted glass in lightbox.
22 x 25 x 7″

The 35th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

WGS alumn Jeff Zimmer will be one of the artists featured by Scotland in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Nov 10 – 13, 2011. Jeff will be exhibiting his exquisite series “Whitewash”. This past summer, Jeff’s work was a favorite of Washington Post arts critic Michael O’Sullivan in his review of the LongView Gallery show of Washington Glass School artists.

Said Jeff of his new works: Whitewash depicts a series of landscapes, both urban and rural, American and Scottish, under a blanket of snow — a metaphor for the way we, as individuals and nations, ‘whitewash’ our pasts. The luminous, internally illuminated landscapes, placed in thick frames, contrast the untrammelled snow with the barely-concealed debris which remains, only partially hidden from view.”

Jeff Zimmer, We Were All Wrong (The Writing on the Wall) 2011
Multiple layers of enamelled and sandblasted glass in lightbox
18 x 15 x 6″

The Glass Quarterly blog gives a nice cover to Jeff’s work online – click HERE to jump to Ruth Reader’s article.

Click HERE to jump to more of Jeff’s series “Whitewash” (every piece is stunning, by the way).

Glass Sparks: Jeff Zimmer

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Washington Glass School alumn Jeff Zimmer had returned to the school for a visit in January. Now a resident of the UK, Jeff lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he received a MDES in Glass & Architectural Glass, at the Edinburgh College of Art, (ECA), where he is now an instructor.

In the UK, Jeff has been making quite a name for his artwork – recently featured in the British Glass Biennale and shown in a collaboration between Contemporary Applied Arts & Contemporary Glass Society This year he will be exhibitng at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, in the UK .

Jeff’s work was selected to be part of the Corning Museum of Glass’ New Glass Review 31. Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass said of his work:

“… glass is not immediately apparent in Jeff Zimmer’s ’1/1000th the Distance between Me and You (in a Deadrise)’, but it is an essential part of the work. A dark and dramatic object, it is constructed of 22 layers of enameled and sandblasted glass in a light box. In the obscured photograph, an object in the distance that emerges from black clouds under a clearing sky can be faintly discerned: is it a ship or something else? Using a box of cut glass sheets, Zimmer creates the depth and luminosity of a painting, but it is an image that undoubtedly changes every time it is viewed, depending on the angle and the ambient light.”

While at the Glass School, Jeff worked on a piece that will be shown at the WGS 10th Anniversary Exhibition to be held this May at Washington, DC’s Longview Gallery.

A strong narrative is created by meticulously layering imagery made from enameled and sandblasted glass.

The layered composition works in a tremendously subtle way; the depth of field changes as the viewer moves around the work, allowing one’s perception to shift and migrate.

Jeff evaluates and modifies each individual layer of glass as he fires the enamel onto the glass sheets.

Jeff constructs a box of glass for presentation, and installs LED lighting to illuminate the panels.
The box-like construction of each work creates an almost cinematic experience of space, volume and depth. One is drawn in by the emergent light from beneath the horizon or trailing into the distance like a wake.
Check out the final piece – titled “Fog Of Communication” at the 10th Anniversary Show!
Click HERE to jump to Jeff’s website.

For other glass artist profiles:

Diane Cabe

Sean Hennessey

Teddie Hathaway

Elizabeth Mears

Allegra Marquart

Jackie Greeves

Spotlight on JEFF ZIMMER

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We caught up with Jeff Zimmer, a Washington Glass School alum, when he visited from Scotland. Jeff was a teaching assistant, (back in the day) and was one of the artists in our incubator program. Jeff went to Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and received his Masters of Design, Architectural Glass in 2005. This past September, he was one of the artists in the British Glass Biennale.

His glass artwork had early on received much attention, including Judith Schaechter listing Jeff as one of 10 glass artists to watch in an article in Glass Magazine (Fall 2003).

“images are built through multiple firings on many layers of glass, allowing an opacity and range of tones not often found in stained glass and permitting the object to ‘move’ as the layers shift in relation to each other with the movement of the viewer.” Jeff Zimmer

View Jeff’s website HERE