Jane Bruce

I first blew glass at the Glasshouse on graduating from Leicester Polytechnic in 1970. I would travel up to London on a Saturday from my home near Windsor and blow glass by myself. Working alone in the studio was a strange experience and I realized I needed to learn more about glass, subsequently in 1971 I began studying for a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art.

On graduating in 1973 I returned to working at the Glasshouse 3-5 days a week, whilst at the same time teaching glass making at Buckinghamshire College in High Wycombe. It was not long after this that a group of us became involved in the running of the facility, eventually taking ownership of the business in 1975.

My time with the Glasshouse was one of consolidating the business and moving the studio from Neal Street to Long Acre. It was hard, tough work to keep the studio growing and thriving but at the same time challenging and exciting to see it become one of the first successful glass studios in the UK. During this time I was making what could be considered fairly straightforward studio glass, bowls, plates, vases and goblets, mostly decorated with themes of landscape and nature, which were primarily functional.

By 1979 the Glasshouse was firmly established and for me the challenge was gone. More importantly, however, I found that the work I was making no longer held my interest and in mid-1979 I left to study sculpture at Alfred University in the USA.

Born Buckinghamshire

1979-1981 Post-Graduate Studies, Glass & Ceramics, New York
 State College of Ceramics, Alfred, USA
1971-1973 MA, Glass, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1967–1970 Diploma of Art & Design, 3D Design, City of Leicester Polytechnic, UK
1965-1967 Foundation Studies, Buckinghamshire College, UK

2003 Professional Experience Program, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2002 New Work Grant, Visual Arts/Crafts Board, Australia Council
Singapore Airlines Grant, Capital Artist Patrons Organisation, Canberra Australia 2001 The Calleen Acquisition Art Award, Cowra Festival Art Awards, Cowra, Australia
2000 Artist-in-Residence, The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, USA

Solo Exhibitions
2008 ‘Contained Abstraction’, Bullseye Gallery,
2005 ‘Sentinels’, Palette Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA
2004 ‘Function & Non-Function’, Galerie Jean-Claude Chapelotte, Luxembourg

Group Exhibitions
2008 'Glass Quake', Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA
'The Glass House and Its Tree', Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
'In Essence’, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2007 Celebrating connections: Contemporary Glass by Mid Atlantic Artist’, Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ, USA
2006 ‘Distance Connection’, Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO, USA
‘Bullseye North Lands @ sofa 2006, SOFA, Chicago,
‘Northern Light’, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Reflections – A Decade of North Lands Creative Glass’, Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
2005 ‘21st Century British Glass’, Daniel Katz Gallery, London, UK
‘Seeds of Light’, School of Art Gallery, Australian national University, Canberra, Australia
‘Canberra Glass2005’, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, Australia
‘The Cutting Edge: cut & engraved glass’, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Initiative & Touring Exhibition, Australia
2004 ‘Something Different’, Uvegpiramis Galeria, Buda-Pest, Hungry
‘Collect’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
‘Australian Glass’, Gaffer Glass Studio, Hong Kong

Permanent Collections
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, USA
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, USA
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, USA
Mobile Museum of Art, AL, USA
Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, USA
Goodyear Rubber Corporation, Akron, OH, USA
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Permanent Collection, Crafts Council of Great Britain, London, UK
Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingseinford, UK
Kunstsammlunger der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany
Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia





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