"My work is primarily made by fusing layers of coloured glass in a kiln. I use various cold working techniques, including diamond wheel engraving to incorporate texture, line and surface structure. My training in fashion and textile design has found a natural development into the medium of glass. Direction in my work often comes from places or features in nature, a connection to the material of glass and a repeating attempt to refine the techniques I practice. Colours, textures and the light of landscape breathe their way into my work as I coax each piece into a state of balance. I love the moment when I have found the essence of what I was working towards. Often there is a balance to be found between letting go in the process and aiming carefully with focused intent. Vibrant use of colour and textural effects excite me as well as reducing initial abundant ideas to a simple core. I find a simple contentment in creating work that others want to live with."
|September 1967||Born in Evesham, England.|
|Currently||Independent Studio Glass Artist.|
|1987-88||Werk-kunstschule, Luebeck, Germany ART FOUNDATION COURSE|
|1988-92||St. Martin's School of Art, London BA DEGREE in Fashion & Textile Design|
Kim Bramley trained in Fashion & Textile Design at St Martin's School of Art, London. She worked internationally as a freelance fashion/textile designer. In 1992 Kim set up her own business working initially with textiles and handmade paper selling throughout the UK direct and mail order as well as through shops and galleries. Since 1999, she retrained in various techniques for kiln-forming glass and worked with glass in her studio on the Isle of Skye, Scotland until establishing her new Heart of England studio in Sandon, Staffordshire in 2008.
Kim's interest in continuous learning has led her to attend several masterclasses at Northlands Creative Glass School in Lybster, Scotland.
|2003||'Fusing techniques' with Jessica Loughlin, Australian glass artist and Ted Sawyer, Director of Research and Education, Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, OR|
|2004||'Architectural glass' with Warren Langley, Australian glass artist and Ted Sawyer, Director of Research and Education, Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, OR|
|2005||'Kiln-formed glass' with Klaus Moje, one of the originators of contemporary kiln-formed glass/ former head of the glass department at Canberra School of Art, Australia.|
|2006||'Wheel engraving and cold working techniques' with Alison Kinnaird M.B.E, Scottish glass engraver.|
|2007||'Glass blowing and drawing' with Emma Woffenden, glass artist and James Maskrey, Hot glass Technician, Sunderland University.|
|2009||'Colour and Transparency' with master textile artist Kaffe Fassett and the international Californian Glass artist, Steve Klein|
|2003||Exhibitor at Chelsea Crafts Fair, London|
|2004/2005||Committee member organising The Skye and Lochalsh Open Studios Trail|
|2005||Won the commission to create the 'Scottish Arts & Business 2005 Awards' Pieces.|
|At the end of 2005||Kim had the opportunity to do a residency in Borlänge Glas Verkstad, a glass Co-operative studio in Sweden. She was teaching assistant to the Swedish glass Artist, Ingelena Klenell, on the Studio's|
|January 2006||course in glass fusing techniques.|
|In April 2006||Kim worked with Sami glass artist, Monica Edmondson in her studio in Tärnaby, Lapland.|
|2007||Kim has helped organise "Exposed/ Fosgailte", a sculpture exhibition of works by 11 artists in the open, held in the gardens of Armadale Castle ruins on the Isle of Skye for the months of July and August.|
|October 2007||Artist in Residence at Glass Manifesto an independent glass studio run by Peter Bowles and Ann Clifton in Perth, Western Australia.|
|2008||Kim set up her 'Heart of England' studio in Staffordshire.|
|2010- 2014||Kim exhibits her work throughout the UK and launched Kitchen Glass panels and handmade glass tile collection at The Grand Designs Live Show, 2010 Birmingham, NEC.|
Kim's work is exhibited mainly in Galleries throughout Scotland and England and in recent years she has also worked on various fused glass architectural commissions including a number of Kitchen glass panel commissions. She has exhibited regularly as a member of The Scottish Glass Society and is also a member of The Contemporary Glass Society.