Julius Weiland was born in Lübeck in 1971. From 1995 to 2000 he studied industrial design under Katsuhito Nishikawa and Ann Wolff at the Hamburg Art Academy, attended the Pilchuck Glass School at Stanwood, near Seattle, and completed periods of practical training in Swedish glass factories. He finished his studies in 2001 with a diploma from the Hamburg Academy and then set up as an independent artist in Berlin.
Weiland's glass sculptures reflect the profound influence of the studio glass movement. Over time, he has adeptly mastered a myriad of glass production techniques, including blowing and casting, as well as collaging and bricolage with pre-manufactured glass elements. The resultant fused glass objects emanate a captivating vitality, as if imbued with a life force of their own.
Besides his glass sculptures he is also working two-dimensional. The dialogue between painting and glass objects is fascinating and shows how these two genres from the hand of the same artist harmonize with one another. A special trademark of Weiland's art is his sensitive sense of color. His artistic work is based on the themes of movement, light and color, which he combines until a new composition is developed that creates new harmonies.
Julius Weiland has received notable international recognition, including the Biennale du Verre de Colombes, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Colombes, France (01 Apr – 15 Jul 2023), Jutta Cuny-Franz Award, 2011; Jutta Cuny-Franz Award Supporting Prize, 2007; honourable mention at the prestigious, 2006; Coburger Glas Preis and Gold Medal at the 2004 International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, Japan.
Weiland's work is featured in many European public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK, Cisternerne Museum for Modern Glass Art in Copenhagen, Denmark; Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Ebeltoft, Denmark; Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany, museum kunst palast, Glasmuseum Hentrich, Germany and Museum Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.