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 with the qualities of glass to create dynamic works that appear to shift, dissolve, and transform depending on the position of the viewer.
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, Millville, New Jersey; North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland; and Bullseye Projects, Portland. His work is in the permanent collections of Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; 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 Glass School, Stanwood, Washington; North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland; Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany; and Berlin Glas, Germany.