|Donna Eichholz - biography|
Glass artist Donna Eichholz, who has been commissioned on behalf of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and has appeared at the hugely popular Glastonbury Music Festival in Britain, among others, and most recently has designed a genocide-inspired piece of commemorative jewelry for use by the new film SCREAMERS and its partner, Save Darfur.
Eichholz’s work has been seen in more than 20 countries worldwide with exhibits, galleries and festivals showcasing her glass creations. Though a Massachusetts native who currently resides in England, she is perhaps best known in South Africa, where her work has merited numerous substantial shows and media coverage. Recently, while serving as resident artist in a gallery in Cape Town, a photographer from The Cape Times stopped in for a visit, which led to an interview and photo shoot with the paper. The headline of this featured front page story was tellingly astute: “Glass Art Sends Donna Around the World.”
Eichholz has studied with some of the Master glassblowers and glass artists, expanding her technique and repertoire to include work with “glass blowing” and “lamp working,” which is melting glass by use of a torch that is fueled by gas and oxygen. Among her mentors are Paul Forder, a scientific glass blower at the University of Natal, Pietermarizburg; Graham Micallef of Johannesburg; Sally Prasch and Louise Erskine of Worcester Center for the Arts: Ed Iglehart of Scotland; Haegar Schultz of Kynsa, South Africa; Milton Townsend of Corning Glass in New York; and Raja Azhar Idris, a great grand son of a King of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Eichholz was commissioned on behalf of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, who host numerous gala parties each year. For the Enchanted Forest celebration in Africa, she was asked to create glass pieces that represented the theme of the party. Each of the guests of the Prince received a glass commemorative.
Eichholz’s passionate journey of glass began in 1990 at Santa Barbara City College. She was working with mentally and physically disabled adults and was looking for a creative outlet as a balance to her work. A chance encounter with a glass blowing class literally changed the direction of her life. After years of study, she decided to combine her two passions – glass and music – and as she traveled the globe attending various music festivals worldwide, she began to offer demonstrations on the art of glass. Not only were people everywhere dazzled by her style and technique, but she earned more money than she initially thought possible by using her creativity.