Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Luke Jacomb is a second-generation glass artist who learned the craft from his father, John Croucher, a pioneer in photosensitive techniques for glass art. Jacomb also studied glassmaking at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and spent eight years training and working in various studios and workshops in the United States.
Jacomb has created a series of blown glass work with Pacific Island themes featuring sculpture based on the forms of paddles and canoes. This work has received recognition in New Zealand and abroad and has been shown in solo gallery exhibitions and museums.
Jacomb collaborates with his partner Katherine Rutecki. Rutecki graduated from Alfred University in New York with a BFA in Sculpture. In 2006, they introduced Lukeke Design, and created a series of cast glass birds.
Both Jacomb and Rutecki are well established on the international glass art scene and their work can be found in a number of important public collections including the Ebeltoft Glass Museum in Denmark, The Corning Museum of Glass in New York and the Works Museum in Ohio.
BFA Sculpture Alfred University
New York State College of Ceramics
Alfred, New York
MFA Candidate in glass, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Gaffer Glass, New Zealand
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, USA
2003-2007 Portfolio Scholarship, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, New York
2011 Blue in Green, Vetri International, Seattle, Washington
2012 THINKspace: Drawing from Death and Reanimation, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2014 Admissions, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2004 SUNY Spring Exhibition, Gallery at the State University Plaza, Albany, New York
2006 Renewal, Royal Cameo Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
2007 Works by Luke Jacomb and Katherine Rutecki, The Art Works Gallery, The Works Museum, Newark, Ohio
2008-2009 Outbreak!, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2009 GLASS '09, Milford House, Queenstown, New Zealand
2009-2010 With a Little Help From Our Friends: Recent Accessions to the Decorative Arts. New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
2011 The Nature of Glass, Curated by Traver Gallery, Schark Art Center, Everett, Washington
2013 Birds, Birds, Birds, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2014 Small Object Exhibition, Depot Artspace, Devonport, New Zealand
2016 Critical Forum Annual Juried Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois
2016 The Makers, YES Collective, Auckland, New Zealand
Glassposten, Nr. 4, GLASSMUSEET Venner, November 2008. (cover)
New Zealand Glass Art, New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass. Auckland: David Bateman Ltd, 2010.
New Glass Review 33, Corning, NY: Corning Museum of Glass, 2012.
Katherine Rutecki, THINKspace Zine, volume 16, Masterworks Gallery. June 2012.
New Glass Review 36, Corning, NY: The Corning Museum of Glass, 2015.
Townsend, Jen; Zettle-Sterling, Renee. CAST. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2017.