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Luke Jacomb - Glass Artist 

Luke's reputation is firmly established in the United States and is represented in significant private and public collections, including the Ebeltoff Glass Museum (Denmark), Corning Museum of Glass (New York, USA) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (Louisiana, USA).

Luke Jacomb is an outstanding glass artist whose reputation is quickly gathering momentum in New Zealand due to his innovative and superb technical glassmaking skills as well as successes stemming from his recent international touring exhibition and residencies in the United States.


Possessing a strong sculptural sense and devotion to his field and vision, Jacomb combines elements of traditional Maori and Polynesian motifs with sleek design and intricate Venetian glasswork techniques (reticello, murrine, incalmo and retorti) in a distinctive and coherently synthesised aesthetic involving the use of cast and blown glass. To this superb working knowledge of complex techniques and creative expression Jacomb adds cameo cutting and casting as seen in the kowhaiwhai detailing of ‘Red Waka Paddle’.


Jacomb’s sophisticated colour sensibilities deliver an unexpected drama to his elegantly simple forms. He produces expressive tonal contrasts from a bold scarlet red against mirror black in ‘Taha Pair’ to the delicate mauve paired with soft steel blue in ‘Seeking the Light (Rhubarb)’. This acute sense of colour is complimented by his creative use of photosensitive glass pioneering a methodology which enables him to produce luminous images within the glass as evidenced in ‘Magnum Taha’.

Embodied within Jacomb’s work is “a grace and aesthetic beauty which is a delight, and the tension created from the simultaneous strength and fragility of the material adds an extra dimension to these fine pieces”.


After eight years in the United States where Jacomb rose to the forefront of the studio glass movement, Jacomb has now returned home to ignite and establish his presence as a significant and unique interdisciplinary New Zealand glass artist.


His reputation is already firmly established in the United States and he is represented in significant private and public collections including the Ebeltoff Glass Museum (Denmark), Corning Museum of Glass (New York, USA) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (USA). With such an incredibly high level of creative energy and dedication to his chosen field it is hardly surprising that Jacomb has sought to share his skills and wealth of knowledge with other glass artists. He has taught and worked in numerous glass centres, universities and museums in New Zealand, Australia and the United States teaching alongside renowned glass artists such as Dale Chihuly.

Museum/Public Collections

Alfred University, NT USA

Birmingham Museum of Art, AL USA

Bowling Green University, OH USA

Cleveland Institute of Technology, OH USA

Corning Museum of Glass, NY USA

Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark

Maharana of Udaipur, India

Milwaukee Museum of Dec Arts (Villa Terrace), WI USA

Mobile Museum of Art, AL USA

Salisbury University, MD USA

New Orleans Museum of Art, LA USA

Works Museum, OH USA

Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand

Teaching Experience


Toyama Institute of Glass: Cane Working Techniques (Japan)


The Jam Factory: Advanced Venetian Techniques (Adelaide, Australia) Canberra University: Advanced Venetian Techniques (Australia)


Whanganui UCOL glass program: Advanced glassblowing techniques


Pratt Fine Arts Centre: Photosensitive glass and glass chemistry

Pratt Fine Arts Centre: Venetian Goblets


Corning Museum of Glass summer studio sessions. Photosensitive glass techniques

Hastings Nebraska College: Demo and Lecture

Appalachian Centre for Crafts: Tennessee Tech, demo and lecture

University of Wisconsin: Demo and lecture

Cleveland Institute of Art: Photosensitive demo and lecture

Alfred University demo and lecture

Salisbury University demo and lecture

Chicago hot glass: Venetian glass demo

Hasting College: Dominating the Goblet.


New Zealand, Auckland University: Being a glass artist in America – lecture

Introduction to Venetian techniques: Belmont Arts Centre

Corning Museum of Glass: Beginner glass program for college students

Urban Glass: Photosensitive intensive

Bowling Green University: Photosensitive glass demo and lecture + Venetian goblet making with Jeff Mack

Urban Glass: Photosensitive 10-week, BG1 10-week.


Corning Museum of Glass, Goucher College; Photosensitive workshop, Kentucky

Alfred University: Photosensitive demo and lecture; Goucher College: Art and chemistry demo and lecture. 


Photosensitive workshop; Pensacola Art Centre. 


Beginning glass blowing: Avalon Glass Seattle. 

Awards and Residencies


Residency in Shanghai (China)


HOME + Fisher and Paykel Design Award 2015

- Luke Jacomb and Cheshire Architects


HOME + Fisher and Paykel Design Award 2014

- Luke Jacomb and Cheshire Architects


Residency at The Glass Eye (Seattle)


Residency at Cleveland Institute of Art (Ohio)

Residency at Salisbury College

Residency at Works Museum (OH)

Residency at Hastings College (NE)


Residency at Hastings College (Nebraska); Residency at University of Wisconsin


Creative New Zealand Arts Council; Overseas travel grant (Seattle)



Gallery 33, “Connections” (Wanaka, New Zealand)


Masterworks Gallery, “The Alembics”, John Croucher and Luke Jacomb (Auckland, New Zealand)


Masterworks Gallery, “25 years on” (Auckland, New Zealand)


Masterworks Gallery, “Ananas” (Auckland, New Zealand)


Masterworks Gallery, “Translation” (Auckland, New Zealand)


Serjeant Gallery, “Looking Glass – reflecting ideas” (Whanganui, New Zealand)


Canterbury Museum (New Zealand)

Ebeltoft Glass Museum, “Outbreak” (Denmark)

Morgan Gallery, “Vision realised” (Pitsburg)

Otago Museum, “Translation” (New Zealand)


Milford Galleries, “Master Works” (New Zealand)

New Orleans Museum of Art, “Seeking the Light” (USA)

New Zealand Glass Invitational, various museums (New Zealand)


Kuivato Gallery Sedona (Arizona)

SOFA Expo, Palette Gallery (Chicago)

Works Museum: Luke Jacomb and Katherine Rutecki (Ohio)

Morgan Gallery

GAS group show (Pitsburg)

Glass weekend at Wheaton Village: Morgan Gallery


Chappell Gallery, “The Roaring 40s” (New York)

SOFA expo, Riley Gallery (Chicago)

Royal Cameo Gallery, “Renewal” (New Orleans)


Robert Lehman Gallery at Urban Glass (New York)

Essenze Gallery, ICFF New York (New Zealand/New York)


Glass House, “Canopy” (Seattle)


NZGAS group show (New Zealand)



Sunday magazine, artist profile, May 15


Mindfood magazine, Artist profile, July 27


BeautyEQ magazine, artist profile, Dec 15


Polo Ralph Lauren, artist profile


Fashion Quarterly, July 13


New Glass Review magazine


Otago Daily Times, Translation: New works in glass by Luke Jacomb, July 7


New Zealand Herald, Art of Glass, May 11


Otago Daily Times, Spectacular glass works come to Dunedin, Feb 12

Otago Daily Times, Heart of Glass, March 5

Seeking the Light, written by John Webster Keefe, published by NOMA

New Zealand Art News magazine, Transparent Success, Autumn (Fall)


Glass Quarterly, NOMA “Seeking the Light” review

Arts Quarterly, New Orleans Museum of Art magazine

Glasposten Ebletoft Glass Museum (Denmark) Nr.4. November Pg 11


Newark Advocate newspaper, Turning art to a new level, June 10

Sunday Star Times magazine, Glass Act, June 24


Splash Magazine, Artist Profile; Downtown Magazine, Artist Profile


Pensacola News Journal, New Zealand Artist, Jan 10-12

NZedge Magazine, Glass Master turning heads in Seattle


Seattle Times, Young Artist Breaks Through, Sept 15

Contact Me

+64 21 052 9407

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