At the Enid Hutt Gallery our Bobbie Coleman collection features a fabulous selection of her eye catching pieces celebrating the power, movement and colours of ocean waves and the beauty of marine inhabitants. Bobbie Colemans glass creations are truly inspired and would provide a striking focal point for any space.
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Bobbie was born in Dartford, a rather uninspiring town on the outskirts of London. Had she stayed there her career may well have taken a radically different path. Fortunately her family moved to Cornwall when she was eleven and there she fell in love with the beautiful coastline and found inspiration in her surroundings.
Bobbie Coleman studied design at Bournemouth College of Art and Design and then began working as a designer for prestigious design companies in London including Lloyd Northover and Samson Tyrell. Here she began evolving her own somewhat cutting edge style and won several awards for her work. Whilst in London she became aware of glass as an artistic medium and admired the stained glass windows of the churches, cathedrals and historic buildings in the capital.
Bobbie then took up the post of lecturer at Edinburgh School of Art and found herself spending time in the glass department learning new techniques. She was to eventually take an advanced course in fusing, slumping, glass blowing and kiln casting at the Liquid Glass Centre in Bath. Following a move to Fife, Bobbie built her own glass studio and it is here that she fashions her gorgeous pieces which reflect her love of the sea which she developed as a child in Cornwall.
Much experimentation using metal leaf, chemicals, plant matter and anything else which has grabbed her attention, she has enjoyed a voyage of discovery exploring colour and texture. She works using the "warm glass" technique. Glass is melted in a kiln which enables Bobbie to sculpt it and to fuse it with other materials to create a range of stunning effects. She also utilises glass painting techniques to create her memorable work.