“Luke Jacomb uses his outstanding technical glassmaking skills to combine broad influences, including European modernist design aesthetics with traditional Maori and Pacific design.”
Charlotte Anderson, Craft Arts International, No. 84, 2012
Jacomb grew up at the centre of the New Zealand glass community. His father, John Croucher, was a well-known glass artist who initiated one of the nation’s first glassblowing cooperatives in the 1970s. Together with fellow glass artist John Leggott, Croucher later established two glass production companies: Giovanni Glass in 1989 and Gaffer Glass in 1995.
At Giovanni Glass Jacomb began his career where he was encouraged to further his career in the United States. There, he received extensive training in glassblowing techniques and spent a total of 8 years training, working and refining his practice. As well as exhibiting his work at various shows during this time, he worked for Bill Akers in Seattle blowing Venetian style goblets and at Corning Museum, New York, where her furthered his training in traditional Venetian glassmaking. During this time, he was taken under the wing of John Webster-Keefe, curator of the Decorative Arts at New Orleans Museum of Modern Art. Webster-Keefe became an invaluable mentor who encouraged Jacomb to appropriate aspects of work that inspired him.
With this wealth of expert skills and knowledge Jacomb returned to New Zealand.
2018 marks Jacomb’s 25th year of blowing glass, his vast vocabulary of techniques enables him to masterfully explore what it means to be a contemporary glass blower.
Jacomb is well established on the international glass art scene and his work can be found in several notable public collections including:
Birmingham Museum of Art, Al, USA
Cleveland Institute of Technology, OH, USA
Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Demark
Milwaukee Museum of Dec Arts (Villa terrace), WI, USA
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, USA
Works Museum, OH, USA