Heike Brachlow

Heike Brachlow was born in Munich (Germany) in 1970. She studied at the University of Wolverhampton (BA in glass in 2004) and at the Royal College of Art in London (MA in 2006, PhD in 2012).
Heike Brachlow primarily works as a self-employed artist from her studio at Parndon Mill near London, and as an educator and lecturer. She regularly teaches summer school courses at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and other institutions. Her often precariously balanced sculptures aim to physically engage: the viewer becomes toucher – invited by words or form, boldly or guiltily. Colour is an important part of her work: the exploration of the interaction of colour, form and light in solid transparent glass during her PhD research has led her to producing 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 change in different types of light. Her work reflects her attraction to movement and transformation, both in colour and form.


public collections

· Museum of Glass | Tacoma | US-WA
· Ernsting-Foundation | Coesfeld | DE
· Barbara Achilles-Foundation | Hamburg | DE
· Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg | DE
· Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole Collection | National Museum Scotland | Edinburgh
· Glas-Museum Hentrich | Museum Kunst Palast | Düsseldorf | DE


solo exhibitions

2016
· Chaos Theory | The Gallery at Parndon Mill | Harlow | UK

2015
· Colour through Form | Traver Gallery | Seattle | US-WA

2012
· Six Impossible Things | Bullseye Gallery | Portland | US-OR


group exhibitions

2016
· The Gallery’s Choice | lorch+seidel | Berlin

2015
· Objects in Flux | Museum of Fine Arts | Boston | US-MA
· British Glass Biennale | Stourbridge | UK
· Visiting Artist Showcase | Australian National University Gallery | Canberra

2014
· International Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition | Hangzhou | CN

2013
· SOFA Chicago | with Bullseye Gallery | Portland | US-OR
· COLLECT | The Gallery at London Glassblowing

2011
· Pilchuck Glass School Annual Auction | Seattle | US-WA

2010
· Art Miami | with Bullseye Gallery | Portland | US-OR
· COLLECT | Saatchi Gallery | with Bullseye Gallery | Portland | US-OR

2009
· Filling the Void | Bullseye Gallery | Portland | US-OR
· SOFA Santa Fe | with Bullseye Gallery | Portland | US-OR

2009
· Space – Time | National Glass Centre | Sunderland | UK
· Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Glass Auction | London

2008
· e-merge 2008 | Bullseye Resource Center Gallery | Portland | US-OR

2007
· 100% Glass | Three White Walls Gallery | Birmingham | Uk
· New Faces – Crafts Council Showcase | Victoria & Albert Museum | London

2006
· Generation – The Show one | Royal College of Art | London
· Discovery | Cullo Children’s Gallery | Talinn | EE

2005
· Kyoto Art Center | Kyoto | JP