Nominee 2015 / Nominee 2018
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" Eye Pod Series II "
H: 22cm W: 15cm D: 24cm
Hand blown, cut and polished glass
About Lothar Böttcher:
Born to German immigrant in 1973 Lothar grew up on a small holding on the outskirts of Pretoria.
After matriculating from the Deutsche Schule Pretoria
he studied fine and applied arts at the Pretoria Technikon, now known as the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
In 1994 Lothar helped build the first glass furnace for the TUT Glass Department under the guidance of David Reade.
In 1997 he went to the Staatliche Glasfachschule,
Hadamar, Germany to train as a glass cutter, engraver and cold worker under the tutelage of Josef Welzel and Willi Pistor.
After graduating in 2000 top of his class, Lothar assisted Michael Bokrosh in Seattle working on, amongst others,
Bertil Vallien, Dale Chihuly and other Seattle glass artists’ pieces.
In 2001 Lothar returned to South Africa and started his company, Obsidian Glass,
offering cold work, design and glass manufacture services.
He has also been a part-time lecturer / instructor at
the Tshwnane University of Technology’s Glass Department from 2004 till 2014.
His work has appeared in several international publications, most notably Glass Art,
112 Contemporary International Artists published by Schiffer Books
and New Glass Review 32 and 38 published by the Corning Museum of Glass.
Lothar actively participates in exhibitions throughout South Africa
and is a vocal supporter for
glass as an expressive medium within the contemporary arts community,
curating several glass specific group shows with Back to the Future -
Contemporary Glass Inspired by the Past as the most recent at the Association of Arts, Pretoria.
An underlying theme, inspired by light, permeates my work. I explore various possibilities
and combinations that glass has to offer through experimental endeavour and philosophical queries,
focusing on perception of our immediate world and contiguous spaces.
Our quest for discovery, from the likes of Galileo and van Leeuwenhoek,
which glass brought to light up until our present self-absorbed obsessions
within digital feedback loops on electronic handheld glass lenses influence my narrative.
My sculptures entice the viewer to come closer and interact,
bringing the experience of immediacy back into our lives.