- Katharine Coleman MBE
|Katharine was taught point, drill and copper wheel engraving on glass by Peter Dreiser at Morley College, London, England, from 1984-7 and now works from her workshop in the City of London. Working with clear or colour-cased crystal, mostly blown to her design by Neil Wilkin and Potter Morgan Glass, 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. My 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. The result is, in my opinion, more original and more satisfying.”
Katharine has been awarded many prizes for her work, including winning The Glass Sellers Prize for Engraving last year, an honorable mention at the Coburg Glass Prize, Germany, and an Adrian Sassoon Award for Arts of the Kiln in 2004. She has also been a finalist in the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize and has traveled to Japan on two occasions on research visits funded by the Crafts Council.
Katharine’s work has been widely exhibited and published, and can be found in many collections including the Alexander Tutsek Stiftung and Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Birmingham City Art Gallery and Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Northlands Creative Glass and Shipley Art Gallery in the UK.
Glass engraving is no longer taught in UK universities, but Katharine teaches at workshops within the Guild of Glass Engravers and the Contemporary Glass Society, so this beautiful, highly skilled technique is kept alive for another generation, before it is lost for ever.
2009 - MBE for services to glass engraving, New Years Honours List
2008 - The Pearsons Prize for Best Use of Glass in Engraving , sponsored by Pearsons Glass Ltd and Ed Hoy's International, USA. - Second Prize at a juried exhibition of work at the 5th International Symposium of Engraved Glass at Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic.
2007 - The Glass Sellers Prize for Engraving on Glass (a new prize)
- 6 weeks Residency at Northlands Creative Glass Centre sponsored by The Scottish Arts Council and Bulls Eye Glass.
2006 - Honorable Mention (prize), the Coburg Glass Prize, Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany
2005 - March Crafts Council exhibition and research visit to Japan : Surface, Structure, Shape at Axis Gallery, Tokyo funded participant
2004 - Adrian Sassoon Award for The Arts of the Kiln, awarded at Chelsea Crafts Fair. - Runner-Up Prize for Art on Glass, awarded by The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London
- Month's Residency at Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Scotland by The Jerwood Foundation
- Crafts Council Outward Mission to Japan, funded participant
2003 - a finalist for The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize - Glass. This is awarded every five years for glass
2002 - Runner-Up Prize for Art on Glass, awarded by The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London
1986 - Best First Time Exhibitor Trophy, The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London
Work in Collections
- Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford.
- Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.
- Glass Museum at Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic.
- Keatley Trust.
- Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Lybster, Caithness.
- Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead.
- Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, Munich
- Birmingham City Art Gallery & Museum
- Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Keatley Trust)
- Dan Klein Associates (private) now at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
- Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany
- Museo de la Real Fabrica de Cristales de La Granja, Spain
- National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh (other work)
- Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
- Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London