Gemma Truman

Colours of the Wind
Blown Glass
22x12cm, 16x12cm, 12x12cm
Wall Art and Kiota
Blown and Spun Glass
18x18cm, 17x17cm, 16x16cm , 22x7cm
Kiota Ornaments (2)
Blown Glass
Colours of the Wind, Detail
Blown Glass
Kiota Ornaments
Blown Glass
All photos: Gemma Truman

Gemma is driven to make beautiful glass objects with overlying themes of her love of nature and colour.

Using Hot and Blown Glass techniques Gemma explores the use of colour, contrasting colours and complimentary colours in her work to evoke a reminder of beautiful and colourful moments in nature.

Gemma’s work can be seen in high profile galleries in the North West of England

Colours of the Wind

‘Colours of the wind’ has always been a piece that really hit my senses: the combination of the music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and the stunning and mysterious vistas created by the artists of Pocahontas have really stuck with me since I first saw them as a 10 year old.

I adore being out in the open and find wonder in natural ‘moments’: the dappling of light through the translucent tree leaves and blossom, butterflies dancing together, swirls of wind drawing up leaves and petals, the flight paths of bees, the stunning displays of flocks of starlings and the gorgeous and varied hues of colour that paint the sky at dusk. Sadly they are all too often fleeting and we don't always remember them all. Here in these pieces, I hope to have captured some of these ‘moments’ where the sky has been painted “with all the colours of the wind”.


Kiota (meaning nest), the Swahili title of Gemma’s pieces reference her interest in the weaver birds of Africa and their nests. Each nest is intricately woven often with a bulky main body leading up to a tapered connection to the tree. These forms have influenced Gemma’s work most.


2016 Associateship in Glass, Dudley College
2014 Masterclasses with Malcolm Andrews, Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge
2008 BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Manchester School of Art


2017 Vessel @ Vessel, Vessel Gallery, London
Made for Sale, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
Celebrations, International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge
Be Our Guest, Manchester Craft and Design Centre
2016 Exploring Wonderland, Manchester Craft and Design Centre
2014-2016 Sale Arts Trail, Sale, Manchester
2015 Manchester Makers Collective, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Sale Arts Trail, Selected, Craft Shop at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
2013 Made, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Hot Glass - New Work from the Furnace, Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London
2012 Glass Afloat, International Festival of Glass, Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley, West Midlands
2011 On the Wire, Solo Exhibition, Manchester Craft and Design Centre
2010 Navigation, The New School House Gallery, York
2009 Gemma Truman, Solo Exhibition, The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames

Bespoke Awards Commissions

Northern Power Women Awards 2016-2018
Spirit of Manchester Awards 2017
Northern Design Awards 2011-2017
WISE Awards 2016


2016 Devereux and Huskie , Glassblowing Internship, Wiltshire, UK
2015 Forsthaus Glas Artelier, Glassblowing Assistant, Bavaria, Germany
2008-2014 Notarianni Glass, Glass Studio Assistant, Glassblower, Coldworker, UK
2012/10 British Glass Biennale, Assistant Curator, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK
2008 International Festival of Glass, Internship, Stourbridge, UK


2017Frederick Stuart Memorial Bursary Award, Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers


2016 The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2016/apr/22/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-female-glass-blower
2011 Northern Homes Magazine
2009 Craft and Design Magazine