Jeff Zimmer

Professional member Edinburgh


I am fascinated by exploring areas between certainty and doubt, and provoking a sensual experience of light.

In a polarized political and social atmosphere I view ambiguous subject matter and visual presentation as political acts.  By creating enigmatic works, I intend to seduce the viewer into being comfortable with ambiguity.

I am very interested in conveying a sense of the volume of space.  The images are built through multiple firings of enamels on many layers of glass, allowing a depth of space within which objects ‘move’ as the viewer moves around the piece as imagery on each layer shifts in relation to the others and to the light.

Jeff is an award-winning glass artist.  He holds a Masters in Glass and Architectural Glass from Edinburgh College of Art, where he currently teaches glass for the Office of Lifelong Learning.

In addition, he has been a professional stained glass designer and restorer in Edinburgh since 2006, with experience in designing and repairing windows for domestic, commercial and ecclesiastical clients.


Jeff has been selected for the 2012 European Prize for Applied Arts in Mons, Belgium, on exhibit from 14th July – 9th September, 2012.

He will also be part of the Scottish Glass Society’s 2012 exhibition, ‘Cultural Exchange‘ at North Lands Creative Glass, 9 – 18 September, 2012.

Jeff helped represent Scotland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 10 – 13 November 2011, organised by craftScotland.

He was also selected for the ‘Studio Glass in Great Britain’ exhibition at the European Museum for Modern Glass near Coburg, Germany.

His work has featured in New Glass Review 30 & 31 (2009 & 2010), Neues Glas/New Glass (Autumn 2009), Glass Quarterly (Fall 2003) among others, and is part of the permanent collection of North Lands Creative Glass and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.

In addition, he has taught a Masterclass at Bild-Werk Frauenau in Bavaria where he has also assisted Scott Chaseling, as well as assistingCappy Thompson at North Lands Creative Glass, in Caithness.  2012 will see him returning to Bild-Werk Frauenau to assist Scott Chaseling,Ursula Huth and Barbara Idzikowska and to North Lands to assistSusan Stinsmuehlen-Amend.

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