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#05 THE GLASS ARTIST J. M. WINTREBERT

JEREMY MAXWELL WINTREBERT

Having spent his childhood living with his American mother and French father in West Africa, then with his aunt in Paris, an 18-year-old Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert headed to the US and walked into an artisan’s studio in Seattle. There, he experienced the magical alchemy of molten glass for the very first time. ‘I saw this man take a gather of glass on a blowpipe and turn it in his hand,’ he says. ‘That was the first time I met hot glass and I was truly amazed. Suddenly I knew, there and then, that this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.’

After studying in San Francisco, Jacksonville and Murano, Italy (‘the Mecca for all glassblowers’), Maxwell Wintrebert now bases himself in a rural area just outside Paris, making frequent jaunts, glassblowing jacks always in his luggage, to any European city with a roaring crucible furnace.

The work is intense and requires profound discipline, concentration and strength. The glass artist’s four apprentices move around him in a balletic, unspoken choreography, instinctively knowing when to shield his face and hands from the heat, or when to put lips to rod and blow. ‘What’s amazing about glass is that we never get to touch it,’ says Maxwell Wintrebert. ‘It is hot and dangerous, but it has soul. That’s what I am in love with. I want to learn glass’s language, converse with it and bring out its magic via my work.’

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Daniel Stier

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#05 PORTFOLIO GALLERY

GLASS ACT

‘The first time I saw molten glass, I knew right there and then that this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.’

JEREMY MAXWELL WINTREBERT

RED HOT

Wintrebert’s glassblowing tools include shears, a paddle, rods of glass and a pair of jacks. He believes glass has soul and wants his work to reveal its magic.

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#05 INSPIRATION GALLERY

06:00

Early start

A typical ‘glass’ day starts early. I wake up. I stretch, I take some time for myself because glassblowing is a team effort and very intense. We usually start work at 7am and go as hard as possible until lunch.

07:00

Tools

I go to work with just a bag of my essential tools, the most important being the pair of ‘jacks’ made especially for me. Jacks are used to help shape, pull and cut the molten glass. They’re incredibly precise and will be with me for the rest of my career. The jacks are like an extension of my hand.

10:00

Nature

If I am not working, I like to go walking in the countryside near my house. Nature is my biggest artistic influence and I get inspired by discovering new plants and their different organic shapes. For me, nature is the most beautiful art.

13:00

Physical endurance

Lunch is a quiet time for contemplation, relaxation and cooling down. We have fresh juice, good food and lots of water. Glassblowing is a very physical job, so I need to have discipline. I have a diet, I exercise and lift weights. I do not drink or smoke.

14:00

Choosing colours

I grew up in Africa, surrounded by the rich browns and greens of the landscape and the contrast of bright cloth on dark skin – I think I absorbed a lot of that energy. The Tudor watch’s dark red bezel intrigues me, mainly because it is the hardest hue to achieve with glass.

15:00

Team

A really good glassblowing team is like a fine mechanical wristwatch. Just like a watch, every moving part has a purpose and every moving part helps another part move. When I am in my studio, my team and I must be in perfect synchronicity and we are all constantly turning to keep the glass alive. If you stop turning you are done.

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#05 TUDOR CLEAR CUT

TUDOR CRAFT

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay - a new interpretation of a benchmark model that is the perfect embodiment of Tudor’s vintage spirit. The metal forms of the new Tudor ‘Heritage Black Bay’ merge with an elegant black dial, displaying generous luminescent hour markers for perfect visibility. The domed sapphire crystal, meanwhile, is redolent of the glassblower’s delicate art, and the pink gold hands add a hint of nostalgia.

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#06 THE PERFUMER BEN GORHAM

#07 THE JEWELLER JORDAN ASKILL

#08 THE ARTIST MIKE PERRY

#09 THE MIXOLOGIST MATT WHILEY

#10 THE FLORAL ARTIST AZUMA MAKOTO

#11 THE LIGHT ARTIST KIT WEBSTER

#12 THE SHOE MAKER MASARU OKUYAMA

#01 THE TAILOR PATRICK GRANT

#02 THE ENGINEER CHARLES MORGAN

#03 THE DESIGNER NITZAN COHEN

#04 THE CHEF CHRISTOPHE DUFAU