Cathryn Shilling first studied glass in Connecticut having moved there with her family following a successful graphic design career. After further study in London, she has gone on to create a large and varied collection of kiln formed and hot glass of great beauty and collectability.
She uses bold and experimental techniques, skilfully combining the fluidity and transparency of glass with materials such as metals and ceramic transfers to produce one-off sculptural pieces. Shape, texture, light and colour are used to great effect to create joyful and exciting work, which is always innovative and surprising.
In 2010 Cathryn joined the team at Peter Layton's London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery as Exhibition Co-ordinator and Curator. During 2012 Cathryn curated several exhibitions at the Gallery at London Glassblowing including 'Luminaries' and 'London Glassblowing - Past & Present'
In 2012, Cathryn's Synergy Series I - Duality was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass 'New Glass Review 33'.
During 2012 Cathryn's Wear & Tear - Duality was selected as a finalist for the Bullseye Glass Emerge 2012 juried Kiln-glass exhibition. This work along with her Glasswork Quilt was also selected for the British Glass Biennale.
After studying for a BA (Hons) at London's Central School of Art and Design, Cathryn set up her own practice working as a graphic designer. Clients included the National Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Wallace Collection, The Queen's Gallery, the British Library, the Courtauld Institute Gallery, Thorn EMI, the Barbican Centre, British Waterways Board, Guinness Publishing, Bison Books, Spillers Foods, Thames Television, The Inter-Parliamentary Union, Record Treasury Management Ltd, Mill Hill School, The National Economic Development Agency and Dorling Kindersley Publishers.
2002 - 2005 - Studied stained glass at Renaissance Studio, Connecticut, USA.
2005 - 2009 - Studied kiln formed glass at Kensington & Chelsea College and glass blowing at Peter Layton's London Glassblowing Workshop.
2007 - Set up in a studio alongside three other glass artists.
2010 - Began Cathryn Shilling Glass.
2010 - Joined the team at London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery as exhibition coordinator and curator.