Katharine Coleman studied engraving techniques with Peter Dreiser 1984-6 and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2003 (Glass), awarded an Honorary Mention Prize at the Coburg Glass Prize 2006 and the Glass Sellers inaugural prize for Engraving on Glass 2007. In 2009 Katharine was awarded an MBE for services to glass engraving. She engraves on clear lead crystal forms, overlaid with coloured glass, blown to her design. Once blown and annealed, the top surface of the glass is cut and polished to allow one to see inside the piece, which is then engraved. The engraved decoration reflects and refracts onto the inner surface, creating an illusion of one body floating inside another. The inspiration for her work ranges from natural history to the modern urban landscape.

‘For many years, I have been interested in the optical properties of glass and how engraving on the glass surface may produce unexpected and fascinating effects on and in the glass itself. I rely heavily on the skills of glassblowers Potter Morgan Glass to realise my designs in colour overlaid crystal and enjoy the challenge of joining hot glass design with cold working. Japanese art and design, the famous engravings of Ernst Haeckel and modern architecture have all informed the subject matter of my work, as has what the American philosopher Thomas Moore so eloquently described as “the beautiful ordinary".’ - Katharine Coleman

Public collections include:

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany; Alexander Tutsek, Munich; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Shipley Art Gallery; Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic; Corning Museum of Glass, New York

In December 2015, The Gallery hosted All The Year Round, a solo exhibition from Katharine Coleman. Twelve new works in glass were specially created for this exhibition, one to represent each month of the year.

Katharine Coleman's next solo exhibition will be held in The Gallery in November 2019.

  • Small Haekel with Amber Pattern View details
    Small Haekel with Amber Pattern
    Katharine Coleman

    Small Haekel with Amber Pattern

    c.2006
    amber glass overlaid clear lead crystal glass form, blown to KC design by Peter Morgan Glass. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, not signed.
    H:9cm W:10cm D:10cm
    £2,500
  • Small Haekel with Amber Pattern (detail) View details
    Small Haekel with Amber Pattern (detail)
    Katharine Coleman

    Small Haekel with Amber Pattern (detail)

    c.2006
    amber glass overlaid clear lead crystal glass form, blown to KC design by Peter Morgan Glass. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, not signed.
    H:9cm W:10cm D:10cm
    £2,500
  • Small Goldfishes Bowl View details
    Small Goldfishes Bowl
    Katharine Coleman

    Small Goldfishes Bowl

    c.2008
    ruby over gold overlaid clear crystal bowl, blown by Potter Morgan Glass to KC design. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, Not signed
    H:6.5cm W:11.5cm D:11.5cm
    £2,950
    Prov: Collection of Larry Brown
  • Small Goldfishes Bowl (detail) View details
    Small Goldfishes Bowl (detail)
    Katharine Coleman

    Small Goldfishes Bowl (detail)

    c.2008
    ruby over gold overlaid clear crystal bowl, blown by Potter Morgan Glass to KC design. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, Not signed
    H:6.5cm W:11.5cm D:11.5cm
    £2,950
  • Small Ruby Feather View details
    Small Ruby Feather
    Katharine Coleman

    Small Ruby Feather

    2008
    ruby glass overlaid clear lead crystal glass form, blown to KC design by Potter Morgan Glass. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, not signed.
    H:7cm W:10cm D:10cm
    £2,500
  • Small Ruby Feather (detail) View details
    Small Ruby Feather (detail)
    Katharine Coleman

    Small Ruby Feather (detail)

    2008
    ruby glass overlaid clear lead crystal glass form, blown to KC design by Potter Morgan Glass. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, not signed.
    H:7cm W:10cm D:10cm
    £2,500
  • Amber Paperweight View details
    Amber Paperweight
    Katharine Coleman

    Amber Paperweight

    c.2005
    amber glass overlaid clear lead crystal glass form, blown to KC design by Peter Morgan Glass. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, not signed.
    H:4.5cm W:7cm D:7.5cm
    £350
  • Amber Paperweight (detail) View details
    Amber Paperweight (detail)
    Katharine Coleman

    Amber Paperweight (detail)

    2005
    amber glass overlaid clear lead crystal glass form, blown to KC design by Peter Morgan Glass. Cut, polished and wheel engraved, not signed.
    H:4.5cm W:7cm D:7.5cm
    £350
  • Katharine Coleman View details
    Katharine Coleman
    Katharine Coleman

    Katharine Coleman

    2011
    Photograph: Lara Platman

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