Kate Henderson was born in Edinburgh in 1970. She trained in Stained glass at Edinburgh College of art in the early nineties and has since built up a varied portfolio of commissioned stained glass panels and windows for public and private buildings across Scotland and Europe. Highlights include winning a commission from a shortlist of twelve glass artists, for the Patrick Geddes Memorial panel, installed in the Edinburgh Council headquarters.
She exhibits her paintings in selected exhibitions with the Royal Scottish watercolour society, the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine arts & the Society of Scottish Artists and more recently with the Royal Watercolour Society in the 21st Century watercolour exhibition held at the Bankside Gallery in London. She has had three solo painting exhibitions in Scotland as well as taking part in many Gallery group shows and in 2004 won the Cuthbert New young artist award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine arts.
Kate’s subject matter reflects her interest in Historic Architecture and Archaeology. She is intrigued by the colours and textures from worn surfaces from these buildings and found objects. She creates painting and glass work which involves layering a variety of materials, and rubbing back through the layers with abrasives to reveal or partly reveal the surface below. This process also protects the fragments within the work. More recently she has begun to overlap and combine the materials and thought processes used in making glass and drawings. Her colour has become less vibrant and more muted. She applies material like graphite powder to a sandblasted glass surface with the interest in making a non permanent work; that through time the image/surface will disappear or fade away. She examines and displays this through different qualities of light; from the fleeting shadows cast from the sunlight to fluorescent sources.
She feels that this new work responds to becoming a mother and losing her father after a long deteriorating illness. The circle has become a symbol which represents to her the continuous cycle of life. She is interested in the fragmenting of its shape and re organising the individual sections of the circle to represent and reflect the delicate journey of life.
Born 1970, Edinburgh
1988 – 92 BA (hons) Edinburgh College of Art specialising in stained glass
1992 – 93 Postgraduate diploma in design, Edinburgh College of Art
Studied under Douglas Hogg, Ray Flavel and Alison McConachie
2010 East Lothian Craft Makers Awards in association with the Scottish arts council.
2009 East Lothian Craft Makers Awards in association with the Scottish arts council.
Scottish arts council funding to attend Northlands Masterclass, Caithness.
2004 The Cuthbert new young artist Award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
2002 Scottish arts council funding to attend Northlands Masterclass, Caithness.
2010 Remarkable glass, CAA, London, 30 selected European glass artists
2009 Scottish glass society 30years ‘Migrate’ touring show
2008 British Glass Biennale, Ruskin glass centre, Stourbridge.
2007 Scottish Glass Society, annual exhibition, Lillie art ` Gallery, Glasgow
2003 Scottish Glass Society Top of the glass, Q2 Gallery, Dundee
2000 ‘Source’ Applied arts Scotland, Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
2002 ‘Light from the fire’ Strathearn Gallery, Perthshire
1997 ‘Cross reference’ touring exhibition, Association of Applied Arts
Selected Stained Glass Commissions
2010 Private commission (panel) for property in Edinburgh
2008 Layered glass installation for Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh
Two stained glass windows for Dunbeath Heritage Centre, Caithness
2007 Patrick Geddes Memorial Window, Edinburgh City Council office, Market Street, Edinburgh.
2004 Two Stained glass windows for the Chapel of San Nazzario, Comino Valley, Italy.
2001 Millennium panel for Dalbeattie Parish Church, Dumfries & Galloway.
Millennium window for Longniddry Parish Church, East Lothian.
2000 A series of stained glass panels for Andrew Melville hall, St Andrews University
A Stained glass panel for Pasvalio Library, Lithuania made during the 1+1 Symposium.
1999 A stained glass panel for Prestopans infant school, East Lothian
2010 Patrick Geddes Commemorative lecture, The Royal Society of Edinburgh (Image of Geddes panel used in publication)
2009 Scottish planner journal of the RTPI in Scotland.
Caithness explorer Magazine (Image of stained glass from Dunbeath)
Migrate Catalogue (selected Scottish glass artist)
2008 British glass biennale Catalogue (selected British glass artists)
2007 The Exwin Collection, volume 7, p24 article The Forum
Evening News, Touch of glass 16/2
The Scotsman, Window on the world 16/2
The Herald, Window of opportunity 16/2
2006 Home plus Scotland Magazine featured glass artists
Societies and Memberships
2008 Elected Associate member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters
2008 Elected Professional member of the Scottish Society of Artist
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
- Coming Soon