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Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Heike Brachlow discovered glass while living in New Zealand, where she worked as a glassblower in a small studio in Rotorua. She received her BA in 2004 from the University of Wolverhampton and her MA and PhD from the Royal College of Art in London in 2006 and 2012. She primarily works as a self-employed artist from her studio at Parndon Mill, and as tutor in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, as well as regularily teaching summer school courses at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and other institutions.

Heike draws her inspiration from her travels, human interaction, architecture and geometry. Due to a love of colour and a frustration with the limited palette available in glass, she makes her own coloured glass. A liking for the unexpected results in sculpture that works on different levels and somehow transcends objecthood: the work physically engages the viewer. Monumental solid cylinders move effortlessly when touched, delineating time and space. Forms stacked on top of each other might fall at any moment to create chaos, geometric shapes precariously balance on a single point of contact.

     
Collections    

V&A, London, UK

   
Glasmuseum Hentrich, Duesseldorf, Germany    
Europäisches Museum für Modernes Glas, Rödental bei Coburg, Germany    
Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole (Private Collection) @ The National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, UK    
Barbara Achilles Stiftung, Hamburg, Germany    
Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld, Germany    
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, USA    
Imagine Museum, Florida, USA    
     
Current and upcoming exhibitions    
Solo Show at Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA   September 2021
     
Exhibitions    

The Craft Takeover @ Mayfair Gallery for London Craft Week

(online)

  30 September - 8 October 2020
Collect 2020 with Bullseye Projects   27 February - 1 March 2020
New British Glass, Vessel Gallery   7 November - 24 December 2019
British Glass Biennale 2019, Stourbridge, UK   23 August - 28 September 2019
Bruntnell Astley presents: Whitehouse Cone Museum of Glass: Legacies   August 23 - September 8, 2019
The 47th International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI, USA   2 May - 5 July 2019
Meditation/Mediation, Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA   19 January - 2 March 2019
Collect 2019, Saatchi Gallery, London (with Bullseye Projects)   28 February - 3 March 2019
Art of Glass, National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW   20 October 2018 - 20 January 2019
THE SALON ART + DESIGN, NY, with J. Lohmann Gallery   9 - 12 November 2018
Solo Show: Colour reflections, Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA   4 October - 10 November 2018
SOFA Chicago with Habatat Galleries   1 - 4 November 2018
Glasshaus XIII, The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow CM20 2HP   20 September - 28 October 2018
Breaking the Mould, London Glassblowing, London   28 September - 20 October 2018
Art of Glass, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
in partnership with The National Centre for Craft & Design
  6 April - 16 September 2018
Loud and Clear, A National Glass Centre Touring Exhibition, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck   28 April - 15 July 2018
No Glass Ceiling! Women Working in Glass, Part 1
Palm Springs Art Museum
  14 October 2017 - 5 March 2018
COLLECTIVE DESIGN with J. Lohmann Gallery, New York   9 - 11 March 2018
Ovengevormd Glas 2017
Gallery Langweer, Brédyk 1, 8525EP Langweer
  3 November - 30 December 2017
The Salon Art + Design with J. Lohmann Gallery   10 - 13 November 2017
Form + Motion at the UK Pavilion at the 10th Cheongju Craft Biennale, Korea   13 September - 22 October 2017
British Glass Biennale   25 August - 9 September 2017
The Emerging and the Established, Christie's, London   January 30 - Febuary 10, 2017
COLLECT 2017 with Bullseye Projects, Saatchi Galley, London   February 2 - 6, 2017
THE GALLERY'S CHOICE, lorch+seidel contemporary, Berlin   December 13 - January 21, 2016
Internationale Glaskunstbiennale, Haacht, Belgium   December 3 - 11, 2016
Solo Show: Chaos Theory, Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA   September 1- October 1, 2016
Solo Show: Chaos Theory, The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow   June 13 - August 7, 2016
The Heat is On, The White House Glass Cone Museum of Glass, Stourbridge, DY8 4AA presented by Bruntnell Astley   June 11 - July 11, 2016
CGS @ Etienne Gallery   June 4 - July 17, 2016
Connections, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh   May 4 - 28, 2016
Crafted: Objects in Flux. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA   August 25, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Synergy. The Gallery at London Glassblowing   September 11 - October 17, 2015
Glasshaus X, The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow   September 24 - November 1, 2015
SOFA Chicago with Traver Gallery   November 5 - 8, 2015
The Art of Glass. Sculpt Gallery, Tiptree, Colchester   November 7 - 28, 2015
Glass 2015. Gallery Ten, Edinburgh   July 31 - August 31, 2015
Essence 2015, the Gallery at London Glassblowing   August 7 - 29, 2015
Solo Show: Colour Through Form, Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA   July 2 - August 2, 2015
British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK   May 28 - June 28, 2015
Ovengevormd Glas, Joure, Netherlands   May 23 - 31, 2015
Visiting Artist Showcase, ANU Gallery, Canberra, Australia   March 26 - April 4, 2015
Appartment: Style Cruise. Canal Projects, London.   December 4, 2014 - January 31, 2015
CAST. Bullseye Resource Center in Mamaroneck, NY. With Joseph Harrington and Clifford Rainey.   March 1 - April 26, 2014
Chinese International Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, Art Gallery, Chinese Accademy of Art, 218 Nanshang Rd, Shangcheng Area, Hangzhou, Zheijiang, China   January 13 - March 10, 2014
Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2014, Veste Coburg Art Collection, the European Museum of Modern Glass, Coburg, Germany   April 13 - September 14, 2014
Glasshaus VIII, The Gallery at Parndon Mill   October 3 - November 3, 2013
SOFA Chicago with Bullseye Gallery   October 31 - November 3, 2013
Louis Thompson & Heike Brachlow: A showcase of work by recipients of the Jerwood Makers Open award
The Gallery at London Glassblowing
  August 23 - September 28, 2013
Collect 2013 (with London Glassblowing Gallery)   May 10-13, 2013
Emerge/Evolve, Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area, Emeryville, CA, USA   January 19 - April 13, 2013
Solo Show, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA   September 5 - November 3, 2012
International Glass Prize exhibition, Lommel, Belgium   June 9 to October 8, 2012
British Glass Biennale 2012, Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Rd, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF, UK   August 24 - September 15, 2012
Glass Games: a Desire, a Dream, a Vision. The Gallery in Redchurch Street, 50 Redchurch St, London E2   June 13 - 23, 2012
Solo Show "Six Impossible Things", The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex CM20 2HP, UK   March 1 - April 8, 2012
Body Work, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR, USA   November 30 - December 31, 2011
Exhibition and Book Launch "Mouldmaking for Glass" by Angela Thwaites, London Glassblowing, 62 - 66 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD   October 4 - 29 , 2011

Jerwood Makers Open exhibition
Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, Bankside, London SE1 0LN, travelling to the Naughton Gallery, Belfast, and Dovecot studios, Edinburgh.

  July 13 - August 28, 2011
San Francisco ArtMRKT 2011
Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
with Bullseye Gallery
  May 20 - 22, 2011
50 years of studio glass from Great Britain
Europäisches Museum für Modernes Glas
Rosenau 10, 96479 Rödental, Germany
  May 6 - November 6, 2011
Glass Quake 2011, Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA   April 5 – May 21, 2011
Resonant Colour, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, St. David’s Road, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 1PDSouth Wales, UK   March 19 – May 7, 2011
inFORM
Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
  February 2 - April 9, 2011
CHASE charity exhibition, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU   November 4, 2010

Glasshous V, Parndon Mill Gallery, Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2HP, UK

  September 23 - October 31, 2010

Essence - A selection of Glass from The British Glass BiennaleLondon Glassblowing, 62 - 66 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD

  September 22 - October 20, 2010

British Glass Biennale

Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Rd, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF, UK

  August 27 - September 11, 2010

New Designers Part 1

Business Design Centre, London N1 0QH, UK

  July 1 - 4, 2010

The Show 2010, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

  May 28 - June 6, 2010

Collect 2010 with Bullseye Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Rd, London SW3 4SQ

  May 14 - 17, 2010

Master der Moderne, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany

  March 3 - 9, 2010
SOFA WEST: Santa Fe with Bullseye Gallery   June 11 - 14, 2009
Filling the Void, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR, USA   May 19 - July 25, 2009
Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Glass Auction   May 2009
Space - Time, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK   April - September 2009
AUTUMN SHOW at the Cowdy Gallery
31 Culver Street, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1DB
  October 18 - December 13, 2008
SOFA CHICAGO 2008, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR, USA   November 2008

The '08 JOZESHOW, Accolds Farm, West Sussex

  September 2008
e-merge 2008, Bullseye Resource Centre Gallery, Portland, OR   May - July, 2008
Nadania Idriss Contemporary Art & Photography, Linienstr. 154, 10115  Berlin,  Germany   November 2007 - December 2008
"Barrier" - Installation at One London Wall, EC2   From September 2007
Bank of America, Canary Wharf   November - December 2007

100% Glass
Three White Walls Gallery, 3 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RD

  July 27 - September 5, 2007
Moor House, 120 London Wall, London, EC2 - Installation in the Entrance Hall   April - September 2007
Crafts Council Showcase at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London   January 18 - March 4, 2007
Rachael Barraclough at 242 Brompton Road, London SW3   January 22 - February 16, 2007

Commission for Best of British Industry Awards: Innovation in Industry. Award Ceremony at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

  February 8, 2007

London Art Fair 2007, Modernground

  January 17 - 21, 2007
Pilchuck Glass School Annual Auction, Seattle, USA   October 2006
British Glass Biennale 2006 Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote, Stourbridge   August 25 - Sept. 17, 2006
New Designers 2006, Business Design Centre, Islington, London   July 2006
Generation- The Show One, Royal College of Art, London   May 25- June 4, 2006
Discovery, Gallery KULLO, Tallinn, Estonia   April 17 - May 17, 2006
Ceramic art London, RCA exhibition   March 2006
Kyoto Art Centre, Kyoto, Japan   December 2005
Pilchuck Glass School Annual Auction, Seattle, USA   October 2005
Ceramic art London, RCA Student exhibition   May 2005
Group Exhibition, Plumbline Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall   August 2004
New Designers 2004, Business Design Centre, Islington, London   July 2004

Degree Show

School of Art and Design, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton
  June 2004
'Blow - contemporary glass art exhibition' Light House, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton   May 2003
Summer Arts 2002 Whakatane Museum Art Gallery, Boon St, Whakatane, New Zealand   February 2002
     
Awards    

Glass Sellers Arts and Crafts Award at the Britrish Glass Biennale

  2017
Arts Council & British Council Artists International Development Fund Grant   2014
Jerwood Makers Open Award   2011
     
Publications    
Claassen, Uwe. Movement and Transformation - Glass Sculptures by Heike Brachlow. Neues Glas/New Glass Magazine, No 1/2020   2020
Featured artist in Zilber, E. Crafted: Objets in Flux. Boston: MFA Publications, 2015.   2015
Member Profile. GAS news, Summer 2013, Vol. 24 Issue 2.   2013
Featured artist in Thwaites, A. Mould Making for Glass. London: A&C Black, 2011.   2011
Jerwood Blog: Artist in Focus   2011
Jerwood Blog: Questions and Answers   2011
Heart of England Glass   2011
Heart of England Glass: Research   2011
Featured artist in New Glass Review

 

  2011, 2009
Interview in Objects No. 4: The Journal of Applied Arts. Berlin: 2010, pp.86-89   2010

Essay “on Colour, Glass and Light” in Craig, Blanche (ed.) Contemporary Glass. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2008.

  2008
Featured artist in Craig, Blanche (ed.) Contemporary Glass.   2008
Axisweb   2006