Rachael Woodman


Rachael Woodman is a skilled technician who is known for her highly refined forms and dazzling use of colour as well as an ability to exploit the opaque, translucent and transparent qualities of glass in highly innovative ways. Her ideas have never stood still. Her earliest series of Bevelled Bowls combined layers of colour within a formal vessel, whereas in her more recent Vertical and Chosen series she has “de-constructed” the pieces into separate elements which she then composes into vibrant sculptural works. Her sources of inspiration range from a purely aesthetic delight in using glass as a vehicle for colour and form to intensely personal reflections on her Christian faith. These factors have combined to create work of great presence and enduring quality.
Born in 1957, Rachael Woodman gained her first degree at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and after two years abroad at Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and in studios in Denmark and Germany, she completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in London in 1984.
A past winner of the Royal Society of Arts Dartington Glass Prize, the Corning Glass Prize, Form ’91 and The Bavarian State Gold Medal, she has exhibited widely in Europe and the USA and has work in many public and private collections including the Corning Glass Museum, New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Born  1957, Watford, England

1982-1984 Royal College of Art, London, MA Glass
1976-1979 North Staffordshire Polytechnic, BA Hons. Glass
1975-1976 Bristol Polytechnic

Recent Awards
2007 Corning New Glass Review 28
2002 Bombay Sapphire Prize, Shortlisted

Selected Exhibitions
2007 Adrian Sassoon, The International Art & Design Fair, New York, USA
Adrian Sassoon, The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, London
Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, SOFA, New York, USA
Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, COLLECT, V&A Museum, London
Adrian Sassoon, London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London
2006 Adrian Sassoon, The International Art & Design Fair, New York, USA
Adrian Sassoon, The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, London
Dreams in Glass, 25 years developing colour and form in glass, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (Solo)
2005 Summer Show, Cowdy Gallery, Newent, Gloucestershire
21st Century British Glass, Daniel Katz Gallery, London

Public Collections
Crafts Council, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London  
Contemporary Arts Society, London  
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge  
Broadfield House, Stourbridge   
Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth   
Dundee Art Galleries & Museums, Dundee
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich
Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Switzerland
Ernsting Stiftung Foundation, Germany
Corning Glass Museum, New York, USA




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