Born in 1973 to German immigrants, Lothar grew up on a small holding outside Pretoria. In 1991 he matriculated and went to study Art at the Fine and Applied Arts campus of the Tshwane University of Technology (previously known as the Pretoria Technikon). Lothar was introduced to glass as an expressive medium in 1994 when the newly established glass department was opened. Since then, glass has been his passion.
Glass presented technical challenges that inspired him to further his abilities. In 1997 he enrolled at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar, Germany, where he perfected his cold working abilities under the guidance of masters Josef Welzel and Willie Pistor.
Lothar returned to his hometown, Pretoria, in 2001. Since then he has established himself as a leading voice in the South African glass art scene. He has been instrumental in establishing the South African Glass Art Society which hosted several national glass art exhibitions and festivals in 2004 and 2005. He was a part time lecturer at the TUT Glass department, mentoring upcoming South African talent.
Using almost forgotten techniques as a cold worker (grinding and polishing of glass) and sometimes combing these with hand blown glass from the hot shop, he creates one-off sculptures, often in combination with other materials such as steel and stone.
Lothar exhibits regularly in group shows across South Africa. He is represented in the Pretoria Art Museum’s new acquisitions, the Hadamar Glass Museum, Germany and numerous private collections locally and nternationally.
“Light is my medium. I use glass to manipulate light, to create another dimension, enticing the viewer to look through the glass and see the contiguous space within and beyond, stimulating thought and awareness, trying to make sense of the universe and our place in it”