Lothar Böttcher

Lothar Böttcher



Born to German immigrants in 1973, Lothar grew up in Pretoria, South Africa.
He studied Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, completing Sculpture, Glass, Photography and Printmaking.
In 1997 Lothar enrolled at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar, Germany, where he graduated as journeyman as Glasveredler – Fachrichtung Schliff (Glass cutter/Cold Worker) with flying colours in 2000.
On returning to his hometown, Pretoria, he founded his company, Obsidian Glass in 2001. Since then, Lothar is a regular invited participant in group exhibitions across South African and internationally, using his skills and passion to give glass a voice as a contemporary art medium.

Lothar launched Blow Your Sculpture in 2014, a collaborative project introducing glass as sculptural medium to South African artists, with its fourth iteration in 2021.
Lothar is a long time member of the Glass Art Society, The Association of Arts, Pretoria (of which he is also a committee member) as well as Glasspool e.V. and Bundesverband Kunsthandwerk in Germany.
Pocket Lens was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass(USA) New Glass Now exhibition in 2019. His work was also selected for Corning Museum of Glass annual New Glass Review 32 & 38 as well as published in the Schiffer Art Book, Glass Art: 112 Contemporary Artists.
For the 2021 Glass Art Society Virtual Conference Lothar represented South Africa in the live Lecmo (lecture / demo) Lathe Riders – Secrets Techniques from the Cold Shop with several other international speakers.
Lothar is represented in several museums locally and internationally:
-Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
-Corning Museum of Glass, USA
-Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany
-Glasmuseum Lette, Germany
-Glasmuseum Hadamar, Germany
He recently completed Section I & II as Glass Cutter / Cold Worker (Meisterkurs Glasveredler – Fachrichtung Schliff Teil I & II) at the Glasfachschule Zwiesel, Germany.
Gallery representation:
-M Dawid Ras, Johannesburg, South Africa
-Ebony Curated, Cape Town, South Africa
-edg2020, Pretoria, South Africa (Article: Viewing Through a Lens)
-Bellart Gallery, Vienna, Austria
-Chesterfield Gallery, New York, USA
-Schürenberg Kunsthandel, Aachen, Germany

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