Tell us about yourself?
My name is Lothar Böttcher and I live and work in Pretoria, South Africa and run acoldshop studio called Obsidian Glass. In 1994 I helped build our first furnace for the Glass Department of the Tshwane University of Technology - I was hooked! Thereafter I furthered my studies specializing as a cold worker/engraver in Germany at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar under masters Josef Welzel and Willi Pistor.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
As a cold worker, I have become intimate with glass from another angle (pardon the pun…). I guess the discipline of grinding and polishing is inspired from my sculptural background, whereas the meditative process and material offer new unexplored possibilities.
Each piece is a personal journey.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
Light is the constituent medium. Looking, seeing, exploring our immediate space and the universe as a whole.
I am very much inspired by our inquisitive human nature and those moments in history which heralded new discoveries through a “looking glass” and the mind-bending magnitude of info a light-beam contains.
In a contemporary context, I try to understand the impact of digital “lenses”, those we carry in our pockets, filled to the brim with info…
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Architect or mechanic, maybe even an astrophysicist or engineer. Something that will make this little blue dot we live on a better place.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I enjoy being part of a special group of people, highly dedicated, in so many aspects, to the same material that I love and its future.
It’s like having an extended family with cousins living all over the world.
To learn more about Lothar Böttcher, or to see more of his work, go to his GAS Member Profile