2015 BRITISH GLASS BIENNALE WARM GLASS UK
PEOPLE’S PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED
The British Glass Biennale was held at the Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge from 28th May to 28th June 2015 and offered visitors the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece throughout the duration of the exhibition.
At the close of the exhibition, the overwhelming winner of this year’s prize was announced as Katharine Coleman MBE for her piece ‘November’.
16cm high x 14.5cm, blue-black glass overlaid on clear lead crystal, blown to Katharine’s design by Potter Morgan Glass, cut, polished and engraved 2014. Weight 6kg.
Warm Glass UK is delighted to be associated once again with such a prestigious event in the contemporary glass calendar. The Biennale was more exciting than ever this year and clearly demonstrated what is happening within the British glass scene. Katharine’s work is technically brilliant and clearly has a wide appeal as this award was voted for by members of the general public.
Katharine Coleman MBE
Born:1949, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Highest Education/Training: Glass Engraving with Peter Dreiser, Morley College, Lambeth, 1984-87
How long have you worked in glass: 28 years
Five greatest achievements in glass: 2012, Galerie Helene Poree, Paris, solo exhibition; 2009, MBE for services to glass engraving, New Year’s Honours List; 2014, Coburger Glaspreis exhibition. Collections: Corning Museum, also commission; V&A Museum; 2014, Veste Coburg
What influences and inspires your work: Glass itself as a material, subjects ranging from natural history to the urban landscape.
As an artist, if glass never existed, what material would you work in: Ceramics
If you had an opportunity to work in collaboration, who would you like it to be with: James Maskrey
For more information about Katharine’s work, please visit www.katharinecoleman.co.uk
For more information about the British Glass Biennale, please visit www.biennale.org.uk