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Chosen 1 2004

Rachael Woodman (born 1957, Watford, England, UK)

Chosen 1
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of Adrian Sasson, London

Rachael Woodman followed up her BA in Glass from North Staffordshire Polytechnic with an MA in Glass at the Royal College of Art, London. She has been making and designing glass for twenty years. Her work is in public collections in the UK and abroad, including the Corning Glass Museum, New York. This unusual and innovative work is the very first in a new series of pieces designed by Rachael Woodman. The glass blowing was done by her collaborator, Neil Wilkin. The sumptuous use of gold and purple has royal overtones. The purple is deep and glossy, like velvet; while the gold ‘medallion’ is a blown bubble of black glass overlaid with gold leaf, which has crackled attractively with the expansion. Woodman says, 'Glass is so rich in possibilities – transparent, opaque, translucent, invisible, smooth, glossy, textured. As a vehicle for colour, it is matchless.'

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson at the second COLLECT exhibition held at the V&A Museum, London, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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