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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 an educator and lecturer, regularily teaching summer school courses at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and other institutions. She also works part-time as glass tutor and research student coordinator at the Royal College of Art.

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  
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  
   
Current and upcoming exhibitions  
   
Exhibitions  
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
   
Publications  
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