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"Female Artists: Svenska Glasakademin Sweden"
2002-07-05 until 2002-08-18
art-o-nivo gallery
Brugge, , BE Belgium

Svenska glasakademin is an association of glass artists totally independent of the glass industry. The glass artists at the academy see glass as a means of artistic expression, and are personally responsible for the entire production process. The academy is a forum for swedish glass art and aims to increase public awareness and appreciation of this type of art. It is firmly committed to establishing a museum for glass art.

Asa Brandt

About 30 years ago, there were few who believed in her idea that an artist could blow glass himself in his or her own studio.

Asa Brandt, one of the pioneers of studio glass in europe, started the first private glass studio in Sweden in 1968. she is represented in the worlds leading glass museums and has done public art works in sweden and japan, notably Arlanda Airport, Stockholm and Kitayama Childrens Daycare Center in Tokyo.

Ulla Forsell

is one of sweden's pionneering glass studio artists. after studying at the University College of Art and Design in Stockholm (1966-71), the Glass School at Orrefors (1971-73) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, she opened her own glass studio in 1974.

Ulla Forsell's work can be seen in a number of museums all over the world. she has also spent a year as guest artist at the Sweden Hills Village center in Hokkaido, Japan.

Her work spans both functional crafts and unique works of art and characterized with bright colors and resplendent with flowers.

Paula Bartron

Paula Bartron comes originally from California, USA. She has a long education; Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Univeristy of California at Berkeley, Glass School at Orrefors, Masters class with Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, UAS, etc.

Paula established the studio glass program at Konstfack in 1975 and is currently employed there as “lektor i glas.” She has exhibited her work extensively and is represented in museums and collections throughout the world principally in Europe, Japan and USA.

Her work is based on simplicity and purity. The glass surface has a very special feel and is much more than just imitation platinum.

Birgitta Ahlin + Sirkka Lehtonen

Two artists, who since more than 20 years are running their own studio and workshop, working with art glass and architectural glass mostly for public, business and industrial buildings.

The flat glass is their principal material for artistic experiments and commissioned works. A great number of their recognised works are in laminated glass for which they have developed unique techniques. In various projects they co-operate close with architects and interior designers. they are both graduated from college of arts, crafts and design in stockholm, and have complemented with post-graduate studies in arts, architecture and glass techniques in Scandinavia, Poland and Slovakia

supported by:

- Ministry of Flemish Community
- Vizo, Design Department
- Province of West-Flanders
- Organization Bruges 2002
- City of Bruges, Tourist Office
- Cultural Delegation for Flanders, Embassy of France
- Embassy of Sweden
- Embassy of Spain

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