Katharine Coleman

La Défense – The Age of Glass

This work comprises a group of five pieces of wheel engraved blown glass, inspired by the great glass towers surrounding the Grande Arche in the area of La Défense in Paris. The colours of grey on green are the colours of plate glass window glazing, the focus of the study being on the interplay of the window and building forms, so many windows drawing the spectator inwards, while those within view outwards, a transparency which seems sadly yet to be achieved in the mysterious and increasingly fragile realm of finance. Refracted inner buildings further suggest the mirrored “worlds within worlds” of modern banks. Bank buildings of earlier years were smaller, massively impressive stone constructions, designed to reassure and impress the customer with the security and power of the banking house. Banks are now freed by modern communications systems to expand upwards and more elegantly into the sky, impressing the customer of today with their style, modernity and scale. Elements of many of the buildings are featured in these pieces: the towers of Société Générale and the buildings which surround it, Framatome, Tour T1, Coeur Défense, Tour Total, Tour Gam, Tour Ernst & Young, Concorde Lafayette and the Arche itself.

Born Sutton Coldfield, UK 1949

 Morley College, Lambeth, London part-time course in glass engraving
1967-70  Cambridge University, BA, MA

 MBE  for services to glass engraving.
2008  The Pearsons Prize for Best Use of Glass in Engraving
2007  Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers’ inaugural Prize for Engraving on Glass.
Awarded a 6 week residency at Northlands Creative Glass Centre sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council and Bulls Eye Glass
2006  Honorable Mention, Coburg Glass Prize
2005  Crafts Council Mission to Japan funded selected member
2004  Adrian Sassoon Award for the Arts of the Kiln
2002-04  Runner Up Prize, Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers’ Glass Prize
2004  Jerwood Foundation sponsored residency at Northlands Creative Glass Centre.

Selected solo exhibitions
  Galerie Porée, Paris
2008  ‘Breaking the Surface’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2007  ‘A Sense of Place’, Zest Gallery, London

Selected exhibitions
 ‘Collect’ with The Scottish Gallery
2008  September Showcase with Contemporary Applied Art
‘British Glass Biennale’
‘SOFA’ New York with Zest Gallery
‘London Art Fair’ with Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon
2007  ‘SOFA’ Chicago with Zest Gallery
Wheaton Village, July with Zest Gallery
‘Hue, Line & Form II’, at Contemporary Applied Arts, London
‘Side by Side’, exhibition celebrating the 10th birthday of CGS
‘Glass Sellers Prize’ show at The Glass Art Gallery, London
2006  Thomas Goode, Mayfair, London
Winter Exhibition, Cowdy Gallery, Newent
‘SOFA’ Chicago, with Zest Gallery
New York Art & Design Fair, Adrian Sassoon
British Glass Biennale 2006
Guild of Glass Engravers biennial Exhibition at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Coburger Glaspreis 2006, Coburg Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass
2005  The Glass Sellers Prizewinners
‘Surface, Structure, Shape’ with the British Crafts Council at The Axis Gallery, Tokyo

Public Collections
Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, Munich
Birmingham City Art Gallery & Museum
Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford
Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
Glass Museum at Kamenicky Šenov, Czech Republic
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany
Museo de la Real Fabrica de Cristales de La Granja, Spain
National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Lybster, Caithness
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
V&A Museum, South Kensington, London





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