Brett Manley is a glass artist, ceramic restorer, educator, curator, photographer and collector.
She has worked in many different fields, including portrait photography for Polyphoto Selfridges, ceramic restoration for auction houses and royalty, styling for Marks & Spencer’s press shows, glass artist, running and curating craft and art shows and groups, teaching ceramic restoration, pottery, gardening, and stained and kiln-formed glass for 6 to 90-year-olds.
Brett studied stained and kiln-formed glass in adult education. She then took two post graduate degrees in Glass & Fine Art and Glass & Architecture at Central Saint Martins UAL from 2002 - 2005, also studying for teaching qualifications.
She continues to learn new techniques to extend her work and teaching.
Brett was shortlisted for a £50,000 EEC-funded installation in Margate.She made the huge 28 x 32m “Blue Glassscape” installation in North Kensington with 28 tonnes of blue recycled glass.
Working with friends she met at St Martins, she formed the collective Teepee Glass which designs, makes, curates and exhibits in many shows, such as Inspired By at the De Morgan Museum, Liberty of London in 2015, and at Ely Stained Glass Museum in 2015-16.
Brett also shows in individual and group shows in galleries around the world. In 2008, she was selected by the Crafts Council to do a one woman show “Six of One” at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Lakeland Art Trust, Cumbria. Her glass jewellery was shown at SOFA, New York with Zest Gallery three times from 2009-10. It was also chosen to be in “Glass Jewellery: An International Passion” in The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, U.S. Her one-off mirrors were exhibited at Decorex in 2014 and 2015 by Vessel Gallery. For many years she showed at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea and Dubai, with Cohesion Glass Group.
Brett’s glass work is stocked in Frances Iles Gallery, Rochester, Cecilia Coleman Gallery, London, Patch Rogers Arts & Crafts Design, Petworth and Vessel Gallery, London.
Her work is currently in the collections of Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House Cumbria; Dan Klein & Alan J Poole Collection, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh. (Gifted); North Lands Creative Glass Scotland; The Collection of Central Saint Martins and the Macclesfield Silk Museum.
She was commissioned by Richmond International to make a pair of her large “Bobble Bowls” for The Langham Hotel, London, and her “Peacock” charger was selected to be on the cover of “Objects of Desire” by Simon Bruntnell.
Brett still teaches glass for Brent Start, and privately from her lovely, light and very well-equipped studio in West London. She is now organising and teaching courses with Lucinda Martin in India as Art Holidays Kerala.