Heike Brachlow

Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Heike Brachlow started working with glass in Rotorua, New Zealand, as an apprentice in a small studio. She received her BA in 2004 from the University of Wolverhampton and her MA in 2006 from the Royal College of Art, where she has recently completed her PhD studies. As part of her research, she is exploring the interaction of colour, form and light in solid transparent glass. She makes her own glass colours, adding metal oxides to the glass batch during the melting process. This enables her to create a personal palette, which consists mostly of subtle tones and polychromatic colours, that is colours that change in different types of light. Her work reflects her attraction to movement and transformation, both in colour and form.
















She has talked about her research at several conferences both in the UK and USA and has written an essay for Contemporary Glass (Black Dog Publishing 2008).

Artist Statement

The unexpected. The slightly odd, the surreal, the uncanny.

Precariousness. Stability. Equilibrium. Imbalance.

Things that are not what they seem.

Movement. Things that change.

Puzzles. Building blocks.

There but not there.

Fragile. Solid.


The potential for chaos.

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Selected Exhibitions

Jerwood Makers Open 2011; 50 years of studio glass from Great Britain, Europäisches Museum für Modernes Glas, Rödental, Germany; Art Miami 2010 with Bullseye Gallery, USA; British Glass Biennale 2010; The Show One, Royal College of Art, 2010; Meister der Moderne, Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany, 2010; Bonhams Modern And Contemporary Glass Auction, London, 2009; Sofa Santa Fe with Bullseye Gallery 2009; Space-Time, National Glass Centre, Sunderland 2009; Sofa Chicago with Bullseye Gallery 2008; Emerge 2008, Portland, USA; 100% Glass at Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham, 2007; Crafts Council Showcase at the V&A, 2007; London Art Fair 2007 with Modernground; British Glass Biennale 2006; Discovery, Gallery Kullo, Tallinn, Estonia, 2006; Kyoto Art Centre, Kyoto, Japan, 2005; Pilchuck Annual Auction, Seattle, USA, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011


Glasmuseum Hentrich, Düsseldorf, Germany
Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole (Private Collection) @ The National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

Scholarships and Awards

Jerwood Makers Open Award 2011; Finalist, Emerge 2008; Glass Art Society Scholarship for 2008 Conference; AHRC Postgraduate Award for PhD studies at RCA 2007; Finalist, Glass Seller’s Student Award 2006; Second Prize, Dartington Design Competition, 2005; RCA Scholarship for Residency at Kyoto City University of Art, 2005; RCA Scholarship for Pilchuck Glass School, 2005

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