Background. Born in Paris and raised in West Africa, Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert is a French-American craftsman who has spent over twenty years perfecting freehand glass-blowing techniques that he learned during a cosmopolitan apprenticeship between the United States and Europe alongside the greatest masters from 1998 to 2007. That year, he settled in France, where he divided his time between work in studios and participation in residencies, workshops and conferences. In 2015, within a historic fine artisans’ district in Paris, he opened his own studio.
Signature Style. Mixing passion, creativity, know-how and collaboration within a team in which transmission plays a decisive role, Jeremy’s creations are all freehand-blown, without a mold. Elegant, sensual, often colourful and always luminous, they combine tradition, modernity and anticipation, and remain inhabited by the movement that formed them. In all their radiance, these unique works reflect multiple facets of glass and its creative potential, drawing from creative freedom, the time to experiment, and a forward-looking inventiveness developed in a spirit of independence and boldness.
Freehand glassblowing is one of the variants of glassblowing. Jeremy never uses a rigid mold to create the final shape of an object. He draws not only from know-how that he has been developing for twenty years, but also from mastered gestures and the intelligence of his hand, and places trust in his experienced eye. He has to constantly play with gravity, movement and the temperature of the material, primitive, mysterious and dangerous. Jeremy produces it making the fusion—in a 1280-degree oven—of a mixture of silica and minerals; a technical process that requires concentration, patience and vigilance and from which is produced transparent glass only. Colour is added at the moment of blowing. This has the form of pigmented glass bars that are heated before use. Always eager to optimise the integration of his creations into various spaces, Jeremy develops innovative hanging and lighting systems that bring the beauty of the works to perfection, while also ensuring their durability, facilitating their installation and maintenance, and guaranteeing the safety of users.
Showstoppers. Cloud is shaped by the creator’s breath.It symbolises both the passage and the suspension of time. Its contemplative nature is sublimated by a contemporary and elegant shape presenting smooth and diaphanous forms–the evanescent aspect is enhanced by the sandblasted surface–and varied patterns of colourful filaments, filigranes inherited from the Venitian glassblowing tradition.
What’s Up. Creations of the lighting fixtures for the common areas and spa of the Four Seasons Hotel in Megève, a monumental sculpture for the wine cellar and tableware for the restaurant Le 1920, created in collaboration with the starred chef Julien Gatillon. The realization of a lighting installation composed of Winter Lights for a Cartier store in Beijing. The development of many residential projects in progress. The opening of a second workshop with two issues of the first one, in the heart of Paris. A new collaboration with The Invisible Collection to present and sell its iconic lighting products.