Katharine Coleman

b. 1949

"As a freelance glass engraver, my work requires close collaboration with other artists who blow glass for me to my design, mainly clear glass blown forms overlaid with coloured glass on the outer surface. Potter Morgan Glass, Carl Nordbruch and Sonja Klingler make work for me. The top surface of the glass is then cut, ground and polished so that when the subsequent engravings with their refractions on the inner surface are viewed, the illusion of one body floating within another is created."

Katherine Coleman is a freelance glass engraver and designer. She was taught drill and copper wheel glass engraving by Peter Dreiser at Morley College, Lambeth and continues to explore these techniques at her workshop in London. Katherine works with clear or colour-cased glass, mostly blown to her design.  Her subject matter ranges widely from natural history to the modern urban landscape.

Wheel engraving on glass does not need to be traditional in style or content. Katherine’s work is becoming less figurative, more focused on the properties of the glass and the action of specific wheel engraving marks, drawing the eye beyond the surface, into the glass where refraction develops further possibilities. She considers the end result more original and more satisfying.

Glass engraving is no longer taught in UK universities, Katherine hopes that by teaching workshops she can help to keep this beautiful, highly skilled technique alive for another generation.

Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan and can be seen in many public collections including Corning Museum of Glass, USA and the Victoria and Albert Museum London. Katherine received the MBE in 2009, a British medal for public service, for her achievements and for her work teaching and promoting glass engraving.

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