Jeff Zimmer creates works that explore ambiguity, morality and mortality in contemporary society and politics, and engage with the material and symbolic properties of glass, as well as the sensual experiences of mystery, light and shadow. He combines techniques of glass painting, laser etching, contemporary lighting, and the qualities of glass to create dynamic works that appear to shift, dissolve and transform depending on the position of the viewer.
Jeff Zimmer originally trained in theatre in Washington, DC, before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland to obtain his Masters in glass painting. He won the 2019 British Glass Biennale and Second Prize in the 2014 Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, Europe’s largest prize for artists working with glass. He was the 2014 Stephen Procter Fellow at the Australian National University and has done residences at The Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton; North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland; and Bullseye Projects, Portland. His work is in the permanent collections of Victoria & Albert Museum, London; European Museum for Modern Glass, Germany; Portheimka Museum, Prague; Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark; and Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany. Zimmer continues to teach in Edinburgh, and has lead masterclasses and workshops at Pilchuck, Washington; North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland; Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany; and Berlin Glas, Germany.