Posted 8 years ago
I will continue with more of Bertil Vallien. Windpipes included in Artist Collection, created in the 1970s. There are a few different models and I think these are from the latest creations in the series. There are other models with slightly different looks.
The tall vase: 44 cm/17 1/4 inch. The low vase: 18 cm /7 inch.
The last picture shows Bertil Vallien when I met him in Åfors, 24 april 2010. Last year 2012, New Wave Group closed down the Åfors factory for good. Bertil and Ulrica Hydman-Vallien must now produce all their art glass in Kosta, the last remaining unit for Orrefors-Kosta/Boda Group. Even Ludvig Löfgren and Åsa Jungnelius produced most of their art glass in Åfors. Today, Ludvig Löfgren left Orrefors-Kosta/Boda for Målerås glassworks, owned by Mats Jonasson. In contrast to Orrefors-Kosta/Boda, Målerås increased their sales of glass by 8% last year and they see a bright future for their hand-made art glass. They have no plans to outsource any of their glass production, but see great value in protecting the manual glass tradition in Sweden.