Since her studies in
London, where she came into intensive contact with Japanese applied
art, she has been deeply inspired by the complexity of Japanese
textiles. In her fusing works, she achieves glass of an almost
fabric-like quality by means of parallel or intersecting colour lines
that are optically interwoven. Expressive variations are objects in
which the glass surface is opened up and enlivened by grid
structures. In another work cycle, the padded objects, additional air
pockets are melted in during the fusing process – inspired by the
reinforcing platelets of samurai armour. This gives the visual
three-dimensionality of the surface its haptic quality.
apprenticeship in ceramics and a Degree in Industrial Design in
Munich, Ulrike Umlauf-Orrom discovered, during her
Master's studies at the Royal College of Art in London, glass as a
medium to which she has devoted herself ever since. Even after almost
forty years, she still considers it the most fascinating of all
materials. Again and again she tries – using a variety of
techniques – to make its wonderful immanent qualities visible,
impressed by the metamorphosis the glass undergoes in her hands.
Her pieces are part
of international exhibitions and numerous public and private
collections. For her work she received renowned awards and prizes,
such as the Bavarian State Prize 2001 or the GEDOK FormART Prize
2005. A special honour and recognition of her "Japanese"
aesthetics is for her the meanwhile 5th invitation to the
Kanazawa Glass Prize
in Japan, which is awarded every three years.