Red Stretch, 2008
Glass, slate; Free-blown tubes
Photo: Adrian Sassoon
“I think in glass, I dream in glass, I cannot imagine life without it.” Woodman has been making and designing glass for 25 years. It is her chosen form of expression, for its rich qualities, and ability to work at both a spiritual and purely visual level. Realising its potential requires a fine balance between control and extravagance.
Soft Edge with Red and Red Stretch are both examples of Woodman’s preoccupation with making dramatic colour statements while Chosen 24 is contemplative, and refers to “the unique standing of every individual in the eyes of God.”
Born in 1957, Rachael completed her MA at the Royal College of Art and has established herself as an internationally recognised artist and a successful industrial designer, notably with Dartington Crystal. A past winner of the Royal Society of Arts Dartington Glass Prize, the Corning Glass Prize, Form ’91 and the Bavarian State Gold Medal, she has work in many public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Corning Glass museum in New York.
She is known for her highly refined forms and dazzling use of colour as well as an ability to exploit the material qualities of glass in highly innovative ways.