Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Heike Brachlow started working with glass in Rotorua, New Zealand, as an apprentice in a small studio. She received her BA in 2004 from the University of Wolverhampton and her MA in 2006 from the Royal College of Art, where she has recently completed her PhD studies. As part of her research, she is exploring the interaction of colour, form and light in solid transparent glass. She makes her own glass colours, adding metal oxides to the glass batch during the melting process. This enables her to create a personal palette, which consists mostly of subtle tones and polychromatic colours, that is colours that change in different types of light. Her work reflects her attraction to movement and transformation, both in colour and form.
The slightly odd, the surreal, the uncanny.
Precariousness. Stability. Equilibrium. Imbalance.
Things that are not what they seem.
Movement. Things that change.
Puzzles. Building blocks.
There but not there.
The potential for chaos.