Rachael Woodman

Born 1957, Watford, UK

“Years of working with hot glass have fine-tuned my instincts about this amazing material. It is my chosen form of expression because it is beautiful and versatile enough to express yearnings and tell stories in a way that I believe to be unique.”

Rachael Woodman has been working with glass for nearly thirty years. Her work demonstrates a purity and concern for simplicity of line along with an acute awareness of colour.

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Working in Bath

1975-1976   Foundation Course, Bristol Polytechnic, Bristol
1976-1979   North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent, BA (Hons)
1980             Orrefors Glass School, Sweden
1982-1984   Royal College of Art, London, MA Glass
1986-2005   Designer for Dartington Crystal, Devon

“I’ve been making and designing glass for over thirty years and the material continues to fascinate and challenge me. Glass is so rich in material qualities…transparent, opaque, translucent, invisible, smooth, glossy, textured. As a vehicle for colour, it is matchless. Realising the potential of glass, especially blow glass, requires a fine balance between control and extravagance and I continue to refine and explore the themes that weave in and out of my work. I dream in glass and whatever the dream, the material is rich and versatile enough to give it form.”

Rachael Woodman has work in the following public collections:

Broadfield House Glass Museum, Stourbridge
Crafts Council, London
Contemporary Art Society, London
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
McManus Galleries & Museum, Dundee
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
Portsmouth City Museum, Portsmouth
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Glasmuseum, Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld, Germany
Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA