Bertil Vallien

About Artist: 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. Growing up in Sweden in a devoutly spiritual home, Vallien felt conflicted and believed that the strictures of faith limited his view of the world. It’s those same questions that serve as the underlying foundation of his work today. After graduating at the top of his class from the National College of Crafts and Design in Stockholm, a 1961 Royal Foundation Grant funded his two year stay in Los Angeles, where he achieved great success as an award winning ceramicist. In 1963 Vallien was recruited by legendary glasshouse director Erik Rosen to be an artist/designer for Afors glassworks in southern Sweden. He has been a driving force in the renewal of the Swedish glass industry for more than 40 years. As art director at Åfors, he was largely responsible for introducing changes in the working routines and raising the level of participation of the glassworkers to the status of skilled and specialized craftsmen.

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