Emma Woffenden


1991–1993 MA Ceramics and glass. Royal College of Art, London
1981–1984 BA (hons) 3D design specialising in glass
West Surrey College Of Art and Design, Farnham
1983 Exchange program Tyler School Of Art, Philadelphia

Professional background







20th Anniversary. North Lands master class program.

A Luddite Convention: Making, Technology and Nature. Conference in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art.

Live in Your Hands. Research for a collaborative art project using choreography, film and installation funded by Creative Scotland.

Extreme Glass. North Lands program

Participant in the Glass Heap Challenge, The Glass Factory, Boda Glasbruk SE


Participant at the RONA symposium Slovakia.

The Place and the Work. North Lands program



Artistic Director North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland

Course Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle USA


Co-curator for Recollect 2010

2007 Course leader, Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster Scotland
2005 Relaunch transglass produced in Guatamala
2003 External examiner for glass The Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
2001 Curator for Solid Air, a Crafts Council exhibition, catalogue
1998 Gallery artist with Marsden Woo Gallery, London; ongoing
1997 ‘TranSglass’ . A design collaboration with Tord Boontje; ongoing
1994 Visiting lecturer on M.A and B.A degree courses and speaker at various glass conferences; ongoing
1989–91 The Glass Studio, a gallery/studio joint enterprise with 4 people



Arts Council of England touring grant
1999 Research funding from The London Institute
1998 Arts Council of England combined arts grant
1997 The Arts Foundation Glass Fellowship
Finalist Blueprint Design Award
1994 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
1984 Crafts Council Advanced Training Grant


Shipley Museum and Art Gallery (The Bellringer)
MacManus Galleries, Dundee (Surging)
The Welcome Trust, London (Baby arm)
Museum of Modern Art, New York (TranSglass)                                                        British Council Brussels (Pulse and Feeding)                                                              Brighton and Hove museum (Pupae). Ernsting Glass Museum, Germany (Bud and small Bud) Arts Review collection, London (Breath, version 2)                                                  Victoria and Albert museum (Breath)                                                                    Broadfield House Glass museum (Alert)                                                                          Crafts Council collection England (Swollen)                                                                              Ebeltoft Glass Museum DK (Washed Up)                                                                                Klien Poole Collection National Museum of Scotland (The Gaze)

Solo shows and collaborations

2015 Originals. in collaboration with Tord Boontje, Sothebys London
2014 Falling Hard, Marsden Woo Gallery London



Elephant Revenge, Marsden Woo gallery solo show

Bigger than the Real Thing, Marsden Woo with Christoph Zellweger

2009 Anima Animus Ebeltoft Glass Museum DK with Tord Boontje
2006 Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, with Tord Boontje
2005 Craft in Dialogue National Museum Stockholm, series of six displays
2004 No Horizon part 3, Locked Rooms First Site, Colchester, collaboration with Ann Course
New work Barret Marsden gallery, London, solo show
2003 No Horizon part 1, Denied Pleasure Fabrica, Brighton, solo
No Horizon part 2, Exquisite Restraint Angel Row, Nottingham, solo
2001 Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, solo show
2000 Emma Woffenden Stiftung Ernsting Alter Hof Herding. Germany
1999 Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, solo show
National Glass Centre, Sunderland, solo show

Selected group exhibitions






Cause and Effect. National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK.

North Lands Creative Glass: A Portrait at 20. Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh UK.

Black To White And Back Again, London Glassblowing, UK

Glass Heap Challenge. The Glass Factory, Boda Glasbruk SE.

Love exhibition. European Glass Festival in Wroclaw P.

British Glass Biennale. Stourbridge UK.

Clarity. 6 British artists at National Glass Centre. UK


BodyTalk Ebeltoft Glass Museum DK toured to Glazenhuis B.

RONA symposium exhibition SK.

UK Glass at Glazenhuis B.

The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass. DE


A Perfect Place to Grow. Celebrating 175 years of the Royal College of Art. UK

Mixed artist show Marsden Woo Gallery London.


The Object. International Glass Prize. Lommel B.

The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition London

Gallery artists Marsden Woo gallery London




Breath Taking: Revealing a new wave in British glass blowing, Crafts Council exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery

Jerwood Contemporary Makers, Jerwood Space London, toured to Dovecote Studios, Edinburgh, The Naughton Gallery, Queens Belfast,

National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny Ireland 
Collect, London represented by Marsden Woo
Recollect, Burgh House Museum, London

2008 Bombay Sapphire Glass Award Super studio Piu, Milan
Barrett Marsden Gallery Ten Years innit!
Glass in Context 2008 Bornholm DK
The Secret Life of the Office Arts and Business, London
In and Out Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
2007 Design with a conscience Vivid Gallery Rotterdam
Emma Woffenden and Caroline Broadhead Glyn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea
Gallery Artists at Barrett Marsden Gallery
2006 20 years on Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
Collect, London represented by Barrett Marsden Gallery
2005 Global Glass Art Triennale Borgholm castle Sweden
21st Centuary British Glass Daniel Katz gallery with Dan Klien assoc. London
2004 Domestic (f)utility New Art Centre Sculpture Park + Gallery, Roche Court
International Festival of Glass, Ruskin Centre, Stourbridge
2003 The other side of the looking glass the Looking Glass, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, California
Linking contexts. Online exhibition www.gatewaytoglass.org
Five Years of Barrett Marsden Gallery
2002 The Uncanny Room, Pitts Hanger Manor, London. The Bowes Museum, Darlington
Diversion curated by Danielle Arnaud gallery, Museum of Garden History, London
2001 The Unexpected Sothebys, New York
2000 Without Touch, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Gestures, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Opening exhibition Der neue Schuman Flügel, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Germany
1999 International 20th Century Arts Fair, New York with Micheal Goudhuis gallery
Crossing Boundaries. Gracefield Art centre, Dumfries
The Coutts Exhibitionof Contemporary Glass Durham Art Gallery
Still Light The Plumbline Gallery, St Ives
Only Human. Crafts Council London
A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1998 Before Birth, the art and science of life in the womb. The Welcome Trust, London
Opening group show, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
Embody, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Arts, Sunderland, touring including collaboration with performance artist
Glass U.K. National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Touching Matters. Women in focus sculpture show, London
1997 Glass Art Society. Expo 97 International 1, Arizona, USA
Contemporary Applied Arts, London, Focus showcase
RCA School of Applied Art at Jahresmesse Kunsthandwerk, art and craft museum, Hamburg and touring in Germany
1996 Objects Of Our Time, Crafts Council, London, touring in UK and American Craft Museum New York
1995 Art Aid exhibition, Cornhill London
Supastore at San Francisco Art Fair
Contemporary Applied Arts, New members showcase
Oriel 31, group glass show, Welshpool
1994 Works For 94, Crafts Council touring exhibition
Showcase Victoria and Albert museum
1993 Jeanette Heyhurst Gallery, London
Museum of Mankind, London, Exhibition showcase
Royal College of Art, degree show

Catalogues to exhibitions

Anima Animus. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
20 Years On Glasmuseet Ebeltoft
21st Centuary British Glass Dan Klien associates
I.F.G. Ruskin arts centre
Global Art Glass triennal 2005 Vida Museum Borgholm, Sweden
Craft in Dialogue An IASPIS project Stockholm Sweden
No Horizon part 1, 2 and 3 Angel Row gallery, Nottingham solo show catalogue
The other side of the looking glass Turtle Bay Exploration Park, California, 2003
The Uncanny Room, luminous books 2002
Without Touch, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, 2000
Glass museum Alter Hoff Herding acquisitions 2000–01, The Ernsting Foundation
Emma Woffenden National Glass Centre1998 The National Glass Centre Sunderland
Emma Woffenden Barrett Marsden Gallery 1998
Only Human, An Exhbition about Body and Soul Crafts Council 1999
Embody, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Arts, Sunderland, 1998
RCA School of Applied Art at Jahresmesse Kunsthandwerk, art and craft museum, Hamburg
Objects Of Our Time, Crafts Council, 1996
Glass U.K. National Glass Centre, 1998
Works For 94, Crafts Council, 1994

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