Jonas Noël Niedermann
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 contemporary glass 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 glass at the age of nine during a visit to the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland. He became completely enamoured 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.
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 art. His passion and devotion push him to constantly seek new methods of creation. “I draw the boundaries of my craft further with every experience,” he says. “The goal is art.”