Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Heike Brachlow discovered glass while living in New Zealand, where she worked as a glassblower in a small studio in Rotorua. She received her BA from the University of Wolverhampton and her MA and PhD from the Royal College of Art in London, where she is now a lecturer. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, New Zealand, Europe, Japan and in the USA. Heike draws her inspiration from her travels, human interaction, architecture and geometry. Due to a love of unusual colours, she makes her own coloured glass.