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About The Artist

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Artist Statement

Light is the medium that informs our perception through sight.

I sculpturally use glass to manipulate light, to create another dimension, enticing the viewer to look through the glass and see the contiguous space within and beyond.

In this age of digitized mass media and our constant consumption of secondhand experiences we often miss the details. With my sculptural endeavors I attempt to bring this experience of immediacy back into our lives.

- Lothar Böttcher

Artist CV

EDUCATION, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

2016

  • Glass Art Society Conference, Corning NY, USA

2015

  • Rodger Ballen Photography Workshop, 1 Fox Street, Johannesburg

2003

  • Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington State, USA, Glass Engraving and printing techniques under Jirí Harcuba

1997-2000

  • Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar, Germany, Qualified as Glass Cutter Journeyman

1992-1997

  • Tshwane University of Technology, Hillview Arts Campus (previously known as Technikon Pretoria)

Courses:

  • Sculpture
  • Glass Design
  • General & Figure Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Photography

APPOINTMENTS AND EXPERIENCE

2016

  • Emil Kovác workshop, Smelt Glass Studio
  • Coordinator, Curator, Instigator for Blow Your Sculpture 2016, a Cool Capital 2016 event. Pretoria Art Museum & Pretoria Botanical Gardens.
  • Coordinator and curator with Dr. Ingram Anderson for the national glass art exhibition: "Out of the Fire, into the Light" hosted by the Pretoria Art Association for the Cool Capital biennial, 2016
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Environmental Media Awards, 2016

2015

  • Coordinator and curator with Dr. Ingram Anderson for the national glass art exhibition: "Out of the Fire, into the Light" hosted by the Pretoria Art Association for the Cool Capital biennial, 2016
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Barley Producers Awards, 2015

2014

  • Instigator, coordinator and curator for “Blow Your Sculpture” a Sculptors and Glass Project – Building a Bridge between Mediums, Cool Capital 2014 Event, Pretoria – Group exhibition.
  • "Cosmic Ignition" – a Mother Flame Event, Afrika Burn, Tankwa, Karoo, South Africa
    A participatory artwork where volunteers reflect sunlight with 300 mirrors on a target to ignite the "Mother Flame", bringing fire from the sky through collective participation.
  • Founding Member of Tera Collective, a creative group of artists with Rina Stutzer, Izanne Wiid, Grietjie Lee, Sybrand Wiechers, Sarel Petrus, Lothar Böttcher.
  • Part Time Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology Glass Department, Cold working and design, 2nd & 3rd Year Students
  • Ward Committee Member, Ward 87, Region 5, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality – Disaster Management
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2014
  • Design and manufacture of the FNB Innovators 2013 Awards.
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Sports Media Awards, 2014
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB KickStart Awards, 2014

2013

  • Brandy Wall Sculpture, Ellerman House, Bantry Bay, Wine Gallery, Villa 2. Under direction of Angus Taylor.
  • Ward Committee Member, Ward 87, Region 5, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality – Disaster Management
  • Part Time Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology Glass Department, Cold working and design, 2nd & 3rd Year Students
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2013.
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Sports Media Awards 2013.
  • Design and manufacture of the FNB Innovators 2013 Awards

2012

  • Elected Ward Committee Member, Ward 87, Region 5, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality – Disaster Management
  • Part Time Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology Glass Department, Cold working and design, 2nd & 3rd Year Students
  • Design and manufacture of the FNB Innovators 2012 Awards
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Sports Media 2012 Awards
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB KickStart Awards
  • Design and manufacture of the SAB Environmental Media 2012 Awards
  • Design and manufacture of the SA Spectrographic Society’s Butler-Laqua floating trophy

2011

  • The Glass Association (UK) tour of Coburg and surrounds, Germany.
  • Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology Glass Department, Cold working and design, 2nd & 3rd Year Students
  • Design and manufacture of the FNB Innovators 2011 Awards
  • Design and manufacture of SAB Innovators Awards 2011
  • Design and manufacture of Africa Open Golf Challenge floating and smaller trophies.

2010

  • Design and manufacture of the FNB Innovators 2010 Awards.
  • Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology Glass Department, Cold working and design, 2nd & 3rd Year Students
  • Design and manufacture of South African Breweries (SAB) Sport Journalist of the Year Awards trophies.
  • Design and manufacture of Cool Inc. Tattoo Convention trophies, Johannesburg 2010
  • Judge for Cool Inc. Tattoo Convention, Johannesburg 2010

2009

  • Design and manufacture of the FNB Innovators 2009 Award.
  • Design and manufacture of the Aardvark Award for Aardklop National Art Festival 2009, commissioned by the Beeld Newspaper, Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • Assisting David Reade in Worcester, Western Cape, with the installation of cold working equipment and training of assistant.
  • Design and manufacture of South African Breweries (SAB) Sport Journalist of the Year Awards trophies.
  • Design and manufacture of South African Breweries (SAB) Environmentalist and Environmental Journalist Awards Trophies.
  • Ngwenya Glass Design Workshop 2009 with Peter Bremers, Ngwenya Glass, Swaziland.
  • Part time lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology Glass Department, Cold working and design.
  • Assisting David Reade in Worcester, WC with the installation of cold working equipment and training of assistant.

2008

  • Design and manufacture of the Africa Open Golf Challenge trophies.
  • External Examiner/Assessor for Third-Year Glass Design Student’s Evaluation, Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Design and manufacture of South African Breweries (SAB) Environmentalist and Environmental Journalist Awards Trophies.
  • Design and manufacture of South African Breweries (SAB) Sports Journalist of the Year Awards trophies.
  • Attendee at the Design Indaba, Cape Town.

2007

  • External Examiner/Assessor for Third-Year Glass Design Student’s Evaluation, Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Ngwenya Glass Design Workshop under Peter Bremers, Ngwenya Glass, Swaziland.
  • Design and manufacture of South African Breweries (SAB) Environmental Awards, 2007.
  • Part time lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology Glass Department, Cold working and design.
  • Design and manufacture of South African Breweries (SAB) Sports Journalist of the Year Awards trophies.
  • Attendee at the Design Indaba, Cape Town.

2006

  • External Examiner/Assessor for Third-Year Glass Design Student’s Evaluation, Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Construction and installation of glass display cases for the Picasso and Africa Exhibition, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Attendee at the Design Indaba, Cape Town.

2005

  • External Examiner/Assessor for Third-Year Glass Design Student’s Evaluation, Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Coordinator and Committee Member of the S.A. Glass Art Society.
  • Guest lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology – UV-bonding demonstration.

2004

  • Coordinator and Founding Member of the S.A. Glass Art Society.
  • Guest lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology – UV-bonding demonstration.

2003

  • Attendee at the Glass Art Society Conference, Seattle, USA.
  • Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
  • Assistant to Michael Bokrosh, Bokrosh Studio, Seattle, USA.
  • Site Manager for the erection of the Tshwane Glass Recycling Facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria.

2001

  • Display stands for Gold of Africa Museum, Cape Town under the direction of Christopher Till.

2000

  • Assistant to Michael Bokrosh, Bokrosh Studio, Seattle, USA.

1997

  • Assistant to David Reade, The Barn Studio, Worcester.

1995

  • Assistant to Clive van den Berg, Mine Dump Project, Johannesburg.

1994

  • Assistant to William Kentridge & Doris Bloom, Flaming Gate, Johannesburg Biennale.

SOLO PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS

2016

  • "Rise of the Rock" - Forum Homini boutique hotel, Krugersdorp
  • "Air" – Longstreet Art Lovers 1932, Pretoria
  • "Aether & Substance" – View Gallery, The Factory on Grant, Johannesburg

2014

  • "Cosmic Ignition" – a Mother Flame Event, Afrika Burn, Tankwa, Karoo, South Africa
    A participatory artwork where volunteers reflect sunlight with 300 mirrors on a target to ignite the “Mother Flame”, bringing fire from the sky through collective participation.

    2013

    • "ANOMALY" – Parts & Labour, Maboneng Precinct, Arts on Main, 264 Fox St., Johannesburg
      The exhibition was opened by Dr. Gerry King.

    2004

    • Particles & Waves, 195 Mackenzie St., Brooklyn, Pretoria

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2016

    • Vernissage – Group Exhibition, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek.
    • Prime Meridian, Trent Gallery, Pretoria, curated by Anna Liebenberg.
    • Emil Kovác in Action, Glass workshop and exhibition by Smelt Glass Studio and View Gallery, Norwood, Johannesburg.
    • Bending Light, with Kleonicki Vanos, North West University Gallery and Aardklop National Art Festival, Potchefstroom.
    • Blow Your Sculpture, Pretoria Art Museum (Cool Capital 2016)
    • Blow Your Sculpture, Pretoria Botanical Gardens (Cool Capital 2016)
    • Out of the Fire, Into the Light - Contemporary South African Glass Exhibition, Art Association Pretoria.
    • Non-Place, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek, curated by Elfriede Dreyer
    • Beyond the Limit - Sculptural Glass, St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria
    • Glass Art Society Conference, Corning, NY, USA - Donated work for Silent Auction
    • 1st Jozi Inner City Courtyard Sculpture Exhibition, curated by Gordon Froud, No.1 Eloff St., Johannesburg
    • "Liquid", group show by Smelt Glass Studio and Friends, at View Gallery, Norwood, Johannesburg
    • "it's an artist's prerogative!", group exhibition, Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • "Thresholds (in)between Glasses", group show curated by Thabang Monoa for his masters degree at Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • "Ad Hoc", pop-up group show at the Mince Festival, Cullinan

    2015

    • FNB Collectors Lounge, Johannesburg Art Fair, curated by Dewald Prinsloo, Ebony Franschoek
    • "The Games People Play", group show curated by Gordon Froud and Yannis John Generalis, Aardklop National Art Festival, Potchefstroom.
    • "Betwixt and Between", South African Glass Artists, curated by Thabang Monoa for Aardklop National Art Festival, Potchefstroom.
    • Dawid Ras, Collections a group show, Sandton, Johannesburg.
    • Eclectic Group show, Halifax Art, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
    • Jozi(Pty)Ltd., group show at Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • Upcycle Chic, group show at Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • Jozi Land Art, Autumn show by Site Specific Land Art, Emmarentia Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg
    • "Reflections", group show curated by the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, Stellenbosch.

    2014

    • "Pulling Roots" – curated by Gordon Froud and Vivian Tillet, Muldersdrift
    • Jozi Land Art, Spring Show – Nominated as the Event Artist – A group show directed by Chris Reinders and Site Specific Land Art, Emmarentia Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg.
    • "Blow Your Sculpture", a Cool Capital 2014 project introducing the possibilities of glass to various artists working on other mediums, MAP South Africa, Harrie’s Pancakes, Eastwood, Pretoria
    • Play" – A curated sculptural group show at Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugers Dorp, South Africa. Curated by Beathur Mgoza Baker, Maaike Bakker, Jayne Crawshay-Hall & Isabel Mertz
    • "The City, a Form of Life", a Cool Capital 2014 exhibition by leading sculptors from Pretoria, Open Window Campus, Pretoria.
    • Hsinchu International Glass Art Festival, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
    • Rooftop VI – Contemporary Totem Poles, St. Lorient Art & Fashion Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria
    • "Cathedra" – a Group show of chairs and seats, curated by Gordon Froud, North-West University Gallery; Bayliss Gallery, Norwood, Johannesburg.
    • "Revealing Light – Light Revealed", group exhibition, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
    • "MorfforM", a Tera Collective group show, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria
    • "kárrict?r", collaborative exhibition with Stefan Hofmeyr, Art Space Durban, Durban
    • "Showcase 1", Bayliss Gallery, Norwood, Johannesburg
    • Shards", group exhibition at Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria

    2013

    • Diane Victor Benefit Auction, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg
    • "Conversations with King" – Contemporary Glass in South Africa, Tshwane University of Technology, Faculty of Arts Gallery, Pretoria
    • "Tom Waits for No Man", travelling national group show, curated by Gordon Froud, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town
    • "Art Sunday One", Dawid’s Choice Gallery, 18 Silvela Road, Sandown Estate, Johannesburg (M. Dawid Ras)
    • Reveal" – Contemporary South African Glass Art, ArtEC Gallery, 36 Bird St., Port Elizabeth
    • ABSA Art Gallery, "Re-sampled" invited group exhibition, Bloemfontein.
    • "168 Hours", Aardklop National Arts Festival, Snow Flake building, Potchefstroom, South Africa
    • Alice in Wonderland" Group Exhibition, curated by Gordon Froud, Longstreet Art Lovers 1932, Waterkloof, Pretoria
    • "Interrupted" – Greek Cultural Week Group Exhibition, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
    • "INTERRUPTED" Art Exhibition at SAHETI School, Bedfordview, George Bizos SAHETI Scholarship and Bursary Fund
    • "Objets d’Art" Glass & Jewellery Exhibition, St. Lorient Art & Fashion Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria

    2012

    • ABSA Art Gallery, “Re-sampled” invited group exhibition, Johannesburg
    • Pop Art Exhibition, The White House Gallery, Illovo, Johannesburg
    • TUT Alumnae Exhibition, Tshwane University of Technology
    • Kaleidoscope – Energy of Colour, St. Lorient, Pretoria
    • Translucent, Chapman’s Art Emporium, Pretoria

    2011

    • SASOL New Signatures 2011, Pretoria Art Museum, Finalist
    • Werkstatt Schau, Samuel Weisenborn Studio, Schiessheim, Germany

    2010

    • South African and Modern African Art, 26 Oct 2010, Bonhams Knightsbridge, London, UK
    • "L'Origine du monde- this is not a porn song", group exhibition in the Snow Flake building for the Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom, South Africa
    • Rooftop II Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Rooftop II Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, , St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa
    • Vloei – Group Exhibition of Contemporary Glass Artists, St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa
    • African Light – Group Exhibition of Local and International Glass Artists, The Edge Glass Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    • The Art of Soccer, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

    2009

    • Hartwarm, Platform on 18th, Pretoria, South Africa
    • Standard Bank Achiever, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
    • If I were a Woman… , Magpie Gallery, Centurion, South Africa
    • Urban Visionaries, Chapman’s Art Emporium, Pretoria, South Africa

    2008

    • Rendezvous focus Sculpture, Jhb & University of the North West.
    • Commit, Group exhibition at Platform on 18th Gallery, Pretoria.
    • Reflect Refuel, Contemporary Art Exhibiton, Art Association Pretoria, Pretoria.
    • Natural Shape, Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, The Edge Glass Gallery, Cape Town.

    2007

    • Boat and boat shapes, The Edge Glass Gallery, Cape Town
    • Tajan Auction House, Paris. An African Painters Exhibition.

    2006

    • The Lighter Side, a collaborative exhibition with Ignus Gerber (photography), Justice Mokoena (sound), The Rainforest, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg
    • FNB Craft Now, KZNSA Gallery, Durban – Finalist
    • Beeldspraak, works by 52 established South African artists, University of Johannesburg Art Center

    2005

    • Christmas Show, Gordart Gallery, Melville, Jhb.
    • The South African Glass Art Society’s Glass Festival 2005
    • The Edge Gallery, Cape Town
    • Jean Welz Gallery, Worcester
    • Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
    • Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town
    • Leading Trends in Studio Glass, curated by Retief van Wyk, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
    • Funktional, Gordart Gallery, Melville, Jhb.

    2004

    • 10 x 10 x 10 Exhibition, Gordart Gallery, Melville, Jhb.
    • SAGAS Glass Festival:
    • Gordart @ Thompson Gallery, Melville, Jhb.
    • The Chris Tugwell Gallery, Brooklyn Mall, Pta.

    2002

    • Ekurhuleni Fine Art Awards

    1999

    • Contemporary Glass Art in Germany, Glasmuseum Immenhausen, Germany.

    1996

    • SASOL New Signatures Competition
    • PPC Young Concrete Sculpture Competition
    • Technikon Pretoria Student Exhibition

    1995

    • SASOL New Signatures Competition
    • Technikon Pretoria Student Exhibition

    COLLECTIONS

    South Africa, France, Germany, Denmark, USA, Canada, Australia and Britain.

    AWARDS, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & PUBLICATIONS

    2017

    • New Glass Review 38, Annual Juried publication of International Glass Art, Corning Museum of Glass, USA

    2016

    • Represented in the Pretoria Art Museum’s new acquisitions and permanent collection with There's an Animal in here...
    • Glass Art, 112 Contemporary International Artists by Barbara Purchia and E. Ashley Rooney, published by Schiffer Books
    • Lothar Böttcher, Artist: Selected Work 2016 by Lothar Böttcher and in the collection of the Rakow Research Library, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA
    • Donation of Prismatic Gadget to the Glass Art Society's Auction at the GAS Conference, Corning, USA

    2015

    • Aesthetica Magazine - Inspector

    2014

    • Represented in the Glasmuseum Hadamar, Germany with Glass Vuvuzela and beaded carry case.

    2012

    • SASOL New Signatures 2012, Pretoria Art Museum, Finalist

    2011

    • New Glass Review 32, Annual Juried publication of International Glass Art, Corning Museum of Glass, USA
    • SASOL New Signatures 2011, Pretoria Art Museum, Finalist

    2010

    • Publication of work in Best of Worldwide Glass Artists book

    2007

    • ABSA L’Atelier Competition 2007, Top 10 Finalist

    2005

    • ABSA L’Atelier Competition, Finalist

    2004

    • FNB Vita Craft Now, Bus Factory, Newtown, Jhb. – Bronze award
    • Ekurhuleni Fine Art Awards, Finalist

    2003

    • Ekurhuleni Fine Art Awards, Finalist

    2002

    • Internationaler Glaskunstpreis 2002, Rheinbach, Germany, 3rd Place Award
    • Publication of work in Neues Glas/New Glass Magazine
    • FNB Vita Craft Now Exhibition 2002, Merit Award



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