The role of art and the artist in industry: Finnish and Swedish glass in the twentieth century.
Dawson, Jack (2009) The role of art and the artist in industry: Finnish and Swedish glass in the twentieth century. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.
The body of work presented in this submission for the award of PhD by Published Works is of international significance. The overarching theme of the research that encompasses the books and exhibitions for review including ‘Finnish Post War Glass 1945-1996’, ‘Innovation and iversity: 75 Years of Swedish Glass Art’, and ‘Oiva Toikka ; Glass and Design’, has been to explore and reassess the critical role played by the Finnish and Swedish glass industries in the development of art-glass, and the
importance of the artist and art ‘in’ the Scandinavian glass industry in the twentieth century. A key element of the research has been to identify and chart the development of Finnish and Swedish glass artists and their individual creative, visual, and technical contribution to the art of glass and glass making within the factory system. The research also explored the complex relationship between technological and cultural change and their impact on individual artistic expression. Unique to this submission is the key role played by the curating and subsequent delivery of two major international exhibitions relating to the research protocol. The primary research underpinning the published works and exhibitions, including numerous interviews and discussions with academics, artists employed in the glass industry, and curators, was undertaken in various factories, archives, museums, and private collections in Finland, Sweden and Germany. Further dissemination of the issues and debates was undertaken through the delivery of Lectures, the organising and participating in related symposia, and the co-ordinating of Master-Classes.
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Download the conference lecture paper exploring the embracing and interchangeable terms 'Scandinavian Design' and 'Scandinavian Modern' from the Contemporary Glass Society Conference - Glass Skills: Exploring the Fusion of Art and Technique, 12-13 Oct 2013, National Glass Centre, Sunderland here.
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