Q&A Gemma Truman


Gemma Truman

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

My primary material is glass, which I first work hot from a furnace using glass blowing techniques, then work cold using finishing and polishing processes.
Most of the pieces are then completed with some complimentary woven or crocheted rope work.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Intriguing, quietly striking and colourful


Do you have any design heroes?

I actually don’t. I am far more drawn to an individual piece of work and how it effects or provokes me rather than any one persons entire body of work. We cant all agree on everything after all!

Where is your studio?

Truman Keeling Studios, Unit 31, Wellington House, Pollard Street East, Ancoats, Manchester.


Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Currently? Endless coldworking dispersed with workbench building and studio organising.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am. I’m in the midst of creating an Alice in Wonderland themed piece, to celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. But its all under wraps until completed, Watch this space!

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?


What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

My wonderful light catching, colourful, outdoor hung ‘Kiota’
The hung White ‘Kiota’
Lots of fabulously coloured ‘Kiota Michozi’
and my new Soul Bowls.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

At Mitch Canvas’ Studio, Venue F

Tell us something we don’t know

Outside of making and creating, I am a Roller Derby addict. Its a brilliant sport with a great community.

Thank you Gemma!




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