Prof. Johannes Schreiter is regarded as one of the most influential post-war German glass artists, whose work is received and recognized internationally.
German art historian Dr. Holger Brülls has described the importance of Schreiter’s work:
“No other living artist has embodied modern stained glass as Johannes Schreiter. Schreiter’s style is to some extent the personification of the late modern epoch. His distinctive, individual style, […], has generated an influence over decades, which makes it difficult for the next generation of artists to depart from this archetype.”
Johannes Schreiter has not only had a lasting effect on the genre of modern stained glass, his work has also affected the handicraft. We have been permitted to accompany Schreiter’s artistic development for over 60 years. His designs have repeatedly tested our craftsmanship and challenged the boundaries of our materials.
Johannes Schreiter sees himself as an artist and illustrator, who discovered the medium of glass in the late 1950s. In 1958 he designed his first window for St. Luke’s church, Bonn, which within a year was being executed in stained glass at our former workshop in Rottweil. In his early phase, Schreiter also experimented with the then prominent technique of dalle de verre. He completed several projects with the assistance of the studio in Rottweil, which was specialized in this new technique, including, among others, the window for the Diocesan Chapel in Johanniskreuz (Pfalz) in 1961.