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Katharine Coleman,FGE,MBE
261 Cromwell Tower
Telephone: 07976812660
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Born in Sutton Coldfield 1949, I am a freelance glass engraver and designer. I was taught point, drill and copper wheel engraving on glass by Peter Dreiser at Morley College, Lambeth from 1984-7 and continue to explore these techniques at my workshop in Clerkenwell. 

    Engraving on blown clear lead crystal glass forms overlaid with a thin skin of coloured glass on the outer surface, my  work requires close collaboration with other artists who blow the glass for me to my design.  Potter Morgan Glass and Sonja Klingler currently make work for me. After annealing, the top surface of the glass is then cut, ground and polished so that when the subsequent engravings on the outside surface are viewed, it is also possible to see inside the piece, with all the refractions of the outside repeated on the inner surface, creating an illusion of one body floating inside another.

    Wheel engraving on glass does not need to be traditional in style or content. I use traditional techniques, engraving the glass surface with lathe-mounted copper, diamond and stone wheels, preferring the crispness and fine finish associated with these techniques. I teach short courses in wheel and drill engraving on glass at workshops in the UK (West Dean, Chichester), at the Escuela Superior de la Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio at La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia in Spain and at the Summer Academy, BildWerk Frauenau in Germany. In July 2013, I shall also be teaching a short course at Corning Museum Studio, USA.


Elected Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1992, an elected member of Contemporary Applied Arts and The Art Workers Guild as well as an active member of The Contemporary Glass Society and The Glass Circle. Chairman of the Guild of Glass Engravers 2002-5. She has work in many public collections including Corning Museum of Glass, USA, in the UK: Broadfield House Glass Museum, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, The V&A, The National Museums of Scotland, Northlands Creative Glass Centre at Lybster, Caithness, Shipley Art Gallery at Gateshead, Birmingham City Art Gallery & Museum, Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg in Germany, The Alexander Tutsek Stiftung in Munich and museum at Kamenicky Senov in the Czech Republic. Shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize Glass 2003, she was awarded the Adrian Sassoon Prize for the Arts of the Kiln in 2004 and Runner-Up Prize for the Glass Sellers Awards in 2003 and 2004. She was given acknowledgement for Special Artistic Achievement at the Coburg Glass Prize 2006 exhibition, a presitigous competition run every seven years for contemporary European glass. Glass Sellers Prize for Engraving on Glass 2007 and the Pearsons Prize in 2008. In the New Years Honours 2009 awarded the MBE for services to glass engraving.

Commissions are occasionally undertaken when pressure of work permits. Work is regularly held by the following galleries: Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Contemporary Applied Arts and The Scottish Gallery.


Engraving Techniques
Copperwheel, diamond and stone wheel, drill, point