My work explores the interaction of colour, form, and light in glass solids. I aim to make forms capable of transformation, ideally in several different ways. My focus is the investigation of transparent colour in glass. Recently I have started to use two or more colors to achieve a personalized palette. I have also developed a liking for flow patterns, which leave an impression of the casting process. Thick-thin variations of form, curves and angles, the optical properties of glass, and matte or polished surface finishes all impact the appearance of the final object. The works change depending on the viewing angle, when set into motion, and with changing light conditions.
Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Brachlow received a B.A. in glass (2004) from University of Wolverhampton and an M.A. (2006) and Ph.D (2012) from the Royal College of Art in London. She primarily works as a self-employed artist from her studio at Parndon Mill and as an educator and lecturer, teaching at the Royal College of Art, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School. Brachlow’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK, as well as in Japan, New Zealand, Estonia, and the US. Her work can be found in the collections of the European Museum of Modern Glass, Rodental, Germany; Glasmuseum Hentrich, Dusseldorf, Germany; National Museums Scotland, and Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington.