Katherine Coleman


Born in Sutton Coldfield, UK in 1949, I am a freelance glass engraver and designer. I was taught point, drill and copper wheel engraving on glass by Peter Dreiser at Morley College, Lambeth from 1984-7 and continue to explore these techniques at my workshop in Clerkenwell. 
Engraving on blown clear lead crystal glass forms overlaid with a thin skin of coloured glass, my work requires close collaboration with other artists who blow glass for me to my design.  Potter Morgan Glass, Carl Nordbruch and Sonja Klingler currently blow work for me. Once the glass is cooled and annealed, the top surface is cut away, ground and polished so that when the subsequent engravings on the outside surface are viewed, it is possible to see right inside the piece, with all the refractions of the outside repeated on the inner surface, creating an illusion of one body floating inside another.
Wheel engraving on glass does not need to be traditional in either style or content. I use traditional techniques, engraving the glass surface with lathe-mounted copper, diamond and stone wheels, preferring the crispness and fine finish associated with these techniques. As a material, I feel that we have barely begun to discover the full potential of glass as an artistic medium. The inspiration for my work ranges widely from natural history to the modern urban landscape.
Shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize – Glass in 2003, a prize winner at the Coburger Glaspreis 2006 (among many other awards), I have work in several public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg in Germany and further afield. I teach glass engraving in the UK, Germany and Spain and was honoured to receive an MBE in 2009 for services to engraving on glass.

Born Sutton Coldfield, UK 1949

Education
1984-1987
 Morley College, Lambeth, London part-time course in glass engraving
1967-1970  Cambridge University, BA, MA

Awards
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
2002-2004  Runner Up Prize, Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers’ Glass Prize
2004  Jerwood Foundation sponsored residency at Northlands Creative Glass Centre.

Selected solo exhibitions
2009
 Galerie Porée, Paris
2008  ‘Breaking the Surface’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2007  ‘A Sense of Place’, Zest Gallery, London

Selected exhibitions
2009
 ‘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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