11January – 19 April 2010
NGC Shop, Liberty Way, Sunderland
Bertil Vallien, Kjell Engman and Göran Wärff are three of the most well known glass artists in Sweden. Together they have a decade of experience when it comes to creating art glass of the highest quality. They all work very closely with the skilled glassblowers of the Kosta Boda factory and they get inspired by the possibilities that hot melting glass gives in the creative process.
Bertil Vallien is by far the most internationally celebrated glass artist and designer in Sweden. He has received numerous awards and his work is well represented in leading museums around the world.
Kjell Engman is a tirelessly productive visual artist with unbounded imagination and a passion for narrative. He gets his inspiration from the most diverse sources, not least from the animal kingdom and the world of music and entertainment. (Pictured: Flamenco by Kjell Engman)
Göran Wärff. Few, if any, have such a deep feeling for melted glass as Wärff. The play of light within the clear volume of the glass and the endless optical phenomena that occur as the glass diffracts the light are a recurring theme in Wärff’s art work.
"We are thrilled to be able to show Kosta Boda glass at National Glass Centre. We have had a fantastic response from our visitors and customers, as the pieces are so unusual and colourful. Some of the work has never been exhibited in the UK before."
NGC Craft and Design, Curator and Buyer
Kosta Boda is Sweden’s oldest glassworks founded in 1742, and is at the heart of the Kingdom of Crystal in Småland. It is one of Sweden’s strongest brands and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glass. Kosta Boda’s tradition of collaborating with artists, designers and glassmakers in creating handmade, colourful, artistic glass has generated international acclaim and made their brand of glass highly sort after.