Bernd Weinmayer

Born in Germany. Studied scientific glassblowing, 1988–1992, and design, arts and crafts, 1992–1994, at the HTL Kramsach Glas und Chemie, Glasfachschule, Kramsach, Austria. Since 1994 he has been running his own studio in Mariastein, Austria. After receiving his master craftsman’s diploma, 1997, he became co-chairman of the Austrian master examination commission for scientific glass, 2000–2015.

He has received a number of international awards, including: the New Glass Review 28 jury prize, Corning, NY, USA, 2007; the Gletscherprise Glaskunstpreis, Zwiesel, Germany, 2010; the High Times Cannabis Cup, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2011, 2012. His work was selected for the Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, Coburg, Germany, 2006, 2013.

He has had two solo shows: Plasma Glass – Light in Motion, the Glass Gallery, Innsbruck, 2006; Plasma Light, Marschalek Gallery, Vienna, 2008. He has participated in 10 group exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. His works have been presented at big art fairs, such as: Art Basel; SOFA New York; Frieze London; Art Cologne; Art Brussels; FIAC Paris. Weinmayer’s glass objects are included at permanent shows of the following institutions: the Swiss Science Centre Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland; MONA Los Angeles, CA, USA; Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; Ferdinandeum – Tyrolean State Museum, Innsbruck, Austria; ZKM – Centre for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Bernd Weinmayer is known for his masterful flameworked borosilicate glass techniques which he uses to create detailed, realistic and surreal glass art. After meeting with Ed Kirshner at the 2003 Seattle Glass Art Society Conference, he proved transformational and he incorporated dynamic gas plasma light in his flowing clear glass forms to create magically transcendent glass and light sculptures.