Biography

Jonas Noël Niedermann. attributes his precise eye for shapes and dimensions to the mighty Swiss mountain ranges he grew up in. Working with those who devoted their entire lives to glass art, he developed a unique appreciation for the intricacies of glass, studying everything from the big picture to the smallest details. As a result he has an artistic voice that is strongly individual while echoing the works of historical greats. His passion and devotion pushes him to constantly seek new methods of creation while continuing to pay homage to the masters who he learned from.

Jonas Noël Niedermann is a glass artist whose work pushes the boundaries of shape, texture, and material, creating a connection between tradition and the future. A master at his craft, Jonas’ uses glowing and malleable material to examine the tension between history, technology, craftsmanship, and the future of art.

Born in St.Gallen, Switzerland, Jonas attributes his precise eye for shapes and dimensions to the mighty mountain ranges of Val Bregaglia he grew up in. Always fascinated by the grandeur and possibilities of nature, his focus shifted to art at the age of nine during a visit to the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland. He became completely enamored with glass art, and by the time he turned fourteen he had begun his first internship at Glasfachschule in Zwiesel, Germany, where he learned from the Bavarian Masters.

He went on to become an apprentice glass blower at sixteen, before going on to work in studios in Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and the USA. Learning from those who devoted their entire lives to art, he developed a unique appreciation for the intricacies of glass, studying everything from the big picture to the smallest details. As a result he has an artistic voice that is strongly individual while echoing the works of historical greats.

Currently, Jonas is an Artist in Residence at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark, affording him the opportunity to further his craft and test new techniques. Among his new works are pieces focusing on lines floating in different depths to create a tridimensional effect, as well as use of an innovative approach to reshaping glass through modular reassembly, opening up new opportunities for sculpture.

Jonas’ work acts as a conversation between the tradition and future of glass craft and design.His passion and devotion pushes him to constantly seek new methods of creation while continuing to pay homage to the masters who he learned from. “I draw the boundaries of my craft further with every experience,” he says. “The goal is art.”

Work Experience

From
Sep 2019
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Artist in Residence

Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Bornholm, Denmark

From
Sep 2017
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Aug 2019

Assistent

Backhaus-Brown

Hundested, Denmark

From
Mar 2017
-
May 2017

Assistent

Backhaus-Brown

Hundested, Dänemark

From
Jan 2017
-
Feb 2017

Assistent

Glashütte Comploj

Linz, Austria

From
Nov 2016
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Dec 2016

Gaffer

Glass School Zwiesel

Bavaria, Germany

From
Jun 2016
-
Jul 2016

Teacher Assistant

Ned Cantrell | Pilchuck Glass School

Washington, USA

From
Apr 2016
-
May 2016

Assistent

Mohl-Drivsholm

Ebeltoft, Dänemark

From
Sep 2015
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Mar 2016

Assistent

Maestri vetrai, Berengo Studio

Murano, Italy

From
Jan 2014
-

Formation of «Hochform»

Studio for Glass- and Productdesign

Nuremberg, Germany

From
Jan 2013
-
Dec 2015

Assistent

Glaswerkstätte Cornelius Rèer

Nuremberg, Germany

From
Jan 2013
-
Dec 2013

Intern

Outdoor Education, Seilgarten Grunewald

Berlin, Germany

From
Jan 2013
-
Dec 2013

Travel

Central Europe

From
Jan 2011
-
Dec 2012

Alternative Civilian Service

Museum of Art Aargau & Bergwaldprojekt

Switzerland

Education

From
Jul 2019
-
Jul 2019

Student

Franz Xaver Höller

Frauenau, Germany

From
Aug 2018
-
Aug 2018

Student

Mel Douglas, Corning Museum of Glass

New York, USA

From
Aug 2017
-
Aug 2017

Student

Devin Burgess, Penland School of Crafts

New York, USA

From
Jul 2017
-
Jul 2017

Student

Michael Schunke, Pilchuck Glass School

Washington, USA

From
Jun 2017
-
Jun 2017

Student

Sugiki & Zerkowitz, Corning Museum of Glass

New York, USA

From
Jan 2016
-
Dec 2016

Student

Mlasowsky & Szösz, Pilchuck Glass School

Washington, USA

From
Jan 2011
-
Dec 2012

Vocational Baccalaureate

Diploma in Applied Arts, GBC

Chur, Switzerland

From
Jan 2007
-
Dec 2010

Apprenticeship as Glassmaker

Glass School Zwiesel

Bavaria, Germany

From
Jan 2006
-
Dec 2007

Preparatory Year in Applied Arts

CSIA

Lugano, Switzerland

Awards

From
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2019

Bündner Craft Price 2019

Art Craft Foundation Graubünden

Graubünden, Switzerland

From
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2016

Cultural promotion award

Region of Graubünden

Graubünden, Switzerland

From
-
2009

30 years of open boarders

Danner Foundaion

Germany

Scolarships

From
-
2018

Full scholarship

Corning Museum of Glass

New York, USA

From
-
2017

Full scholarship

Richard Ritter, Penland School of Crafts

North Carolina, USA

From
-
2016

Pestalozzi Foundation

scholarship - glass journey

Zürich, Switzerland

From
-
2015

Fritz Gerber Foundation

for talented young people

Zürich, Switzerland

From
-
2015

IKEA Foundation Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Solo exhibitions

From
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2019

«Floating Lines»

Pontisella

Stampa, Switzerland

From
-
2018

«Floating Lines»

Galerie O

Chur, Switzerland

From
-
2015

«Der Weg zum Glasmacher»

Museum La Tuor

Samedan, Switzerland

From
-
2014

«Vitrum artificium»

Galleria il Salice

Castasegna, Switzerland

From
-
2010

«Oggetti in vetro soffiato»

Castelmur

Switzerland

From
-
2010

«Soffiatore di vetro»

CSIA

Lugano, Switzerland

Group exhibitions

From
-
2019

The International Biennale of Glass

Sofia, Bulgaria

From
-
2019

Bavarian Art and Craft Association

IHM

Munich, Germany

From
-
2018

Winter in der Töpferei

Laupen, Switzerland

From
-
2017

Möbelei Baumann

Wattwil, Switzerland

From
-
2016

Intreccio Artistico Grigioni Italiano

City Gallery

Chur, Switzerland

From
-
2015

Zwieseler Kölbl

Zwiesel, Germany

From
-
2014

«EinBlick»

Open Studio in Applied Arts

Nuremberg, Germany

From
-
2014

Glaspräsentation der Extraklasse

Zwiesel, Germany

From
-
2013

Atelierexhibition

Glaswerkstätte Cornelius Réer

Nuremberg, Germany

From
-
2010

Ausstellung&Workshop

Glasplastik und Garten

Munster, Germany

From
-
2009

«Kälte« installation

Zwiesel, Germnay

From
-
2009

Zwieseler Kölbl

Zwiesel, Germany

From
-
2009

«Wie es euch gefällt....»

Galerie Workshop

Berlin, Germany

From
-
2009

«Neue Wege»

Theresientaler Schlösschen

Zwiesel, Germany

From
-
2008

Ausstellung&Workshop

Glasplastik und Garten

Munster, Germany

Art fairs

From
-
2015

Eunique

International Fair for Craft and Design

Karlsruhe, Germany

From
-
2014

Eunique

International Fair for Craft and Design

Karlsruhe, Germany

From
-
2014

Die Gustav

International Salon for Consumer Colture

Dornbirn, Austria