Katharine Coleman MBE
Katharine was taught glass engraving by Peter Dreiser at Morley College London from 1984-7 and has been working as a professional artist since 1995 from her studio in London. She taught at Morley from 1995 to 2004, then returned to teach with us in 2017.
Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, the USA, and Japan, and can be seen in many public collections, including the V&A, who describe her online as “perhaps the foremost glass engraver working in Britain today, and one of the few committed to working in a contemporary idiom.” She teaches regularly in the UK and Germany, and in alternating years at Corning, NY.
She makes her own work on glass that is blown to her design in Cornwall; it's sold mostly by Adrian Sassoon in the UK and abroad, and by the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. She has a small studio at Cockpit Arts Holborn. She is frequently invited to teach engraving in other countries, and in 2013 she was a co-founder of the Glass Engraving Network, a lively international group of professional glass engravers that has exhibited work in 11 European countries to date.
She is also interested in the history of glass engraving and regularly takes part in international conferences and symposia on the subject. In February 2019 she was invited to present a paper at the first collaborative conference of the Australian and New Zealand glass societies at Whanganui in New Zealand, and lead some workshops there.
The breakthrough for point of her career was being a finalist in the Jerwood Prize for Glass in 2003, and a prize winner in the 2006 Coburg Glass Prize for European contemporary glass, which is awarded every ten years. She also won the People’s Prize at the 2015 British Glass Biennale. She received an MBE for services to glass engraving in 2009, and was elected a Freeman of the City of London and Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London in 2015. She has had three solo shows in Paris in the Rue de l’Odéon, four in Edinburgh at the Scottish Gallery, and one in London; she also took part in the last Crafts Council mixed media exhibition in Tokyo in 2005 at the Axis Gallery.
Her favourite thing about teaching at Morley is being able to pass on to others all the skills and knowledge that she received in her time as a student at Morley. "I hope to pass these on to a sufficient number to ensure that glass engraving of quality survives," she says. "Morley is nearly the last regular course in the UK and certainly the last course teaching wheel engraving."