Colin Reid

Colin Reid

Colin Reid is regarded as a pioneer in the field of kilncast glass. He exhibits internationally and has work in over 35 museum collections worldwide. He has undertaken many public and private commissions often combining glass with other media such as metal, stone or wood. Based in his studio in SW England, Colin has developed the expertise and facilities to handle large scale commissions in glass.

Recent commissions include ‘Cipher Stone’ possibly the largest artwork to have been cast in glass in the UK, and ‘Ikthus’ a cast crystal font which can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Colin recently won the prestigious Glass Sellers Award 2006 for his piece ‘Cello’. He is an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and an honorary member of the Contemporary Glass Society.


Cheshire, England


1978-1981 BA, Stourbridge School of Art, Stourbridge, UK
1975-1977 Trained and worked in industry as Scientific Glassblower (lampwork)
1970-1972 Foundation Course, St. Martin’s School of Art, London

Professional Experience

1981-2004 Glass Studio in Stroud, UK
1999-2002 Visiting Professor, University of Wolverhampton
1998-2002 Visiting Lecturer, Glass & Keramikskolen Pa Bornholm, Denmark
1990-1991 Artist in Residence, Carrington Polytechnic, Auckland, New Zealand

Selected Exhibitions

2013 Major Retrospective: Casting Brillance – Glass by Colin Reid, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Cheltenham, Glos, UK
2012 COLLECT, London
Masterpieces, London
40th Annual International Glass Invitational, Michigan
2011 TEFAF, Maastricht
SOFA, New York
Masterpiece, London
Pavilion Art & Design, London
2003 Bombay Sapphire Award, UK
2001 New Series, Galeries International du Verre, Biot, France
International exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan
2000 European glass sculpture triennial, Liege, Belgium
1999 Verriales 99, Mixed Media, Galerie International Du Verre, Biot, France
Scale, Contemporary Applied Art, London
1998 British Contemporary Glass, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan
1996 Venezia Aperto Vetro, Venice
1994 World Glass Now 94’, Hokkaido Museum, Japan

Selected Public Collections

Simonoseki City Art Gallery, Japan
Cheltenham Art Gallery, UK
Glass Art Fund, Strasborg
Museum fur Modernes Glas Ohringen, Germany
Seven Bridges Foundation, USA
Shanghai Museum of Glass
Reading Museum, UK
Toyama City Board of Education, Toyama, Japan
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Corning Museum of Glass, New York
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Kunstmuseum der Stadt Dusseldorf, Germany
Musee de Design et d’Arts Appliques/Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Ulster Museum, Belfast, North Ireland
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Norfolk County Museum, UK
Hokkaido Museum of Art, Japan
Craft Council Collection, London
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany
Broadfield House Glass Museum, Dudley, UK
QE II Arts Council of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
Auckland Museum and Institute, Auckland, New Zealand
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA
Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
Museo Contemporaneo Del Vidrio Ciudad De Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Kunstgewebemuseum, Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden, Germany
Stiftung Preuischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, Germany
Musee des Artes Decoratifs, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Walker Art Gallery, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, UK
McManus Galleries, Dundee, Scotland
National Museum Cardiff, Wales
Hergiswil Glass Museum, Luzern, Switzerland
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin
J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Koganezaki Crystal Park, Kamo-Mura, Japan
Ernsting Stiftung, Coesfeld-Lette, Germany
Toyama City Board of Education, Toyama, Japan
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Toledo Museum of Art