About Phil Atrill

Born 19th September 1972.


Royal College of Art

  • M.A. Glass - October 1999 - July 2001.

Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, U.S.A. - June 2000

  • Received half-scholarship to attend a course lead by Karen Willenbrink in blown and solid sculpting.

Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland

  • Received Full-Scholarship from London Arts to attend Course lead by Richard Meitner - September 2002.
  • Attended course lead by Dante Marioni and Janusz Pozniak - September 2001.
  • Received Half - Scholarship to attend a course lead by Richard Marquis - September 2000.
  • Received Full - Scholarship to attend a course lead by Jan Erik Ritzman and Josiah McElheny - September 1999.

Haystack Mountain School Of Crafts, Maine, U.S.A. - July 1997

  • Received Full - Study Scholarship to attend a course lead by Benjamin Moore in advanced glassblowing techniques.

Edinburgh College of Art

  • B.A.Honours Degree in Glass - June 1995.


  • 2001 - Present. Self-employed glass artist. Currently working for a number of designers in and around London while still making my own work. Clients include Tord Boontje, Marianne H.Buus Catherine Hough, Anthony Stern and Emma Woffenden.
  • 2000 - 2001. Part-time hot glass lecturer, Buckinghamshire University, High Wycombe. Involved in all aspects of teaching from development of ideas, production of pieces and final critiques.
  • 2000. Work placement with Dale Chihuly, The Boathouse, Seattle, U.S.A. Work placement for three weeks as part of the glass blowing team, with an insight into how the work is produced from start to finish.
  • 1996 - 1999. Hot glass assistant for First Glass, London.

Competitions, Awards & Residencies

  • 2005. Crafts Council research Award to attend SOFA Chicago, USA.
  • 2004. Crafts Council Development Award.
  • 2002. Photo Store @ The Crafts Council, selected to select makers list.
  • 2001. Royal Overseas League - Music Award Trophy Winner. Commissioned to design and make a trophy for this award.
  • 2001. Short listed - Student Glass Sellers Award.
  • 2000. Short listed - RSA / Dartington Crystal Award. Received travel scholarship to research the American studio glass movement.
  • 1999. Artist-In-Residence, Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland. One of three artists invited to live and work for a two month period in Lybster.
  • 1998. New Designers In Business / Foreign Office. Competition Winner. Commissioned to design and make a set of wine glasses to be presented to visiting Heads of State at the G8 Conference.



  • Evening Standard - Homes & Property, p15, 8th January 2003.
  • Select, Furniture & Interiors of Ireland, p29, 77, 78 & 80.


  • Royal College Of Art, prospectus, p .


  • Scottish Glass 2000. Glass making in Scotland at the Millennium. p16.


  • Best of British Design 1998, p 40. Published by Mitchell Beazley.
  • Heritage Of Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Summer 1998 - Vol. 15, p16.
  • Spirit Magazine, Creation Issue No. 10, p 40-1, May 1998.


  • Gifts International, Summer Issue, p 32.

Select Exhibitions


  • ‘Two person show with Stewart Hearn’, Cecilia Colman Gallery, London.
  • ‘Member focus’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.


  • ‘The Mark of the Maker -Glass’, 10th Anniversary Show, JaM & Eton Applied Arts.
  • ‘New Member focus’, Contemporary Appied Arts, London.


  • Limelight Gallery, 2 person show, Lewisham Library. London.
  • New Ashgate Gallery, New @ The Ashgate 2003, Farnham.
  • The Tannery, group show, Llanrwst, North Wales.


  • ART 2002 with Vertigo Gallery, group show, London.
  • Artisan 02, group show. Edinburgh.
  • New London Glass @ Henley Arts Festival, group show, Henley.
  • New Designers - One Year On, group show, London
  • Laburnum Gallery, Cast,Blast,Slump & Blown, Cumbria.
  • Shipley Art Gallery, 10 Green Bottles group show, Gateshead.


  • Centrum Goed Werk, Mobility exhibition, Belgium.
  • Vertigo Gallery, group show, London.
  • World Competition of Arts & Crafts Kanazawa, group show, Japan.


  • Scottish Glass 2000, Millennium Show, Dundee / Perth / Edinburgh.
  • Royal College Of Art, interim show, London.


  • The Bridge Gallery, group show, Dublin.
  • Glasgow Art Fair with Riverside Gallery, Glasgow.
  • Riverside Gallery, three person show, Aberdeenshire.


  • Candid Arts, New London Glass, group show, London.
  • G8 Conference, two person show, Birmingham.
  • Just Art, three person show, Moray.


  • Association For Applied Arts, group show, Edinburgh.
  • Railings Gallery, group show, London.
  • Scottish Glass Society, group show, Perth.


  • Aberdeen Arts Centre, group show, Aberdeen.
  • Bonhams, Decorative Arts Today, London.
  • Royal Festival Hall, group show, London.


  • Himley Hall, Glass of ‘95, West Midlands.
  • Roger Billcliffe Gallery, group show, Glasgow.
Crafts Council Development Award; Arts Council England; Crafts Council

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