Jeweller and art metal worker Josef [Joseph] Anton Hodel was born in 1874 in Lucerne. He may have received training at the Lucerne School of Arts and Crafts. He worked for Bossard goldsmiths in Lucerne. There he struck a friendship with fellow worker Louis Weingartner. They later became partners or associates after they moved to Britain in 1900. From 1900 until 1904 they shared a studio in Hanway Street, Fitzrovia. Both practitioners worked for Walter Gilbert’s Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Art in the early 1900s, with Hodel as chief designer.
In 1908 he was appointed to teach metalwork at Liverpool School of Art. During the First World War Hodel was interned, but returned to teaching and practice after 1918. He received a number of commissions during the 1920s including a commemorative bowl to mark the completion of the Mersey Tunnel (Liverpool Town Hall). Hodel died in May 1930.