Discover the work of award-winning artists Paola Paronetto & Jochen Holz

Opening cocktail: 8 November, 11 am to 1pm
Exhibition will run until December 8, 2020

Always on the lookout for unique and versatile artists from around the world, this year is no exception and Comptoir 102 is proud to introduce to Dubai award-winning artists Paola Paronetto (paper clay) and Jochen Holz (glass blow). Visitors will be able to snap up one-off pieces, exclusively made for the show, all while being charmed by the shapes and textures of the collections. While the work of Paronetto and Holz is different in texture and form, both carry a fragile, poetic, somehow“imperfect” note to their work, with pieces that are designed for those who love to be surrounded with refined and exclusive objects. All the pieces will be available for purchase.

About the artists:

Paola Paronetto was born in Pordenone in 1965. Her professional training began in 1988 with an intense series of training courses. Her artistic development has included many different experiences that range from continuous experimentation in her own production, to teaching at the renowned Meridiana School of Ceramics, and cooperation with many different art galleries. While interpreting the tastes and tendencies of a public who loves contemporary design, she is in no way conditioned by this in her work. Her experimentation is the spontaneous result of a deep feeling of the beauty that springs from nature and from the simplicity of formal content. At the moment she is working mostly on paper clay. Her collections range from purely decorative objects, sometimes of notable size, to everyday objects and are designed for those who love to surround themselves with refined and exclusive objects, individual pieces which reveal both the artisan’s skill and the artist’s communicative intentions.

Jochen Holz is a glass artist whose innovative employment of lampworking, a form of glassblowing used primarily to make scientific equipment, is repurposing the technique in the design and art world. Indeed, whilst he has received training in scientific lampworking, Holz has chosen to practice it creatively, a radical departure from its traditional usage which positions him as one of the only people working in his field in the UK. Through extensive practice, Holz has developed a distinct language in his craft. One example is his method for texturing clear glass tubes by pressing molten areas onto different surfaces such as perforated metal or wood, resulting in textured, undulating tableware. Always pushing perceived ideas of his material, Holz sees this tableware series–enriched with character, shape and history–as the antithesis of Walter Benjamin’s idea that glass is a ‘material with no aura’. His work with neon is similarly original. Examining the possibilities of sculptural lighting, he bypasses the conventional thin, wall-mounted lamps and opts instead for thick borosilicate glass tubing to create free standing 3D shapes and immersive light installations.


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