In my work I try to tell the observer something
about glass itself about the heat of the furnace, the softness
of molten glass, about strength, weight, lightness, about the hardness
of the finished piece. About the light thats captured in the glass,
the colour that becomes more brilliant than in any other material. About
the sensuality of glass.
LAGERBIELKE is an exhibition of unique new art glass, polished, cut
and angled with extraordinary precision. The sculptures are deceptively
simple, their clear, solid mass contrasting elegantly with a veiled
centre. Behind them lie hours of sophisticated cutting and polishing
carried out by the master cutters at Orrefors with whom Erika Lagerbielke
has worked for so many years.
Erika Lagerbielke has long been fascinated by the expressive hardness
of cold glass and has developed a personal approach to cutting that
enhances refraction and give full rein to shifts of hue and colour.
Her art glass is characterised by strong, transparent colours that contrast
boldly with the brilliance of the crystal, while the optical properties
of the crystal itself create a world that dazzles and delights.
This exhibition is mostly to do with contrast. Colour versus clear
glass. Frail paper platforms with interior fibre-optic illumination
versus massive crystal. For me personally, its also a challenge
to create unique art glass as a contrast to the tableware designs I
mostly do for Orrefors, says Erika Lagerbielke.
The store is also showing Panta Rei, a series of gracile drops with
long, narrow necks. The drops make a fine contrast to the heavy,
cut pieces. They also represent my love affair with glass. The drops
are free-blown and are beautiful simply because they are so skilfully
rendered by the craftsmen. The energy generated by the encounter between
experienced glassblowers and gifted artists is so strong you can almost
reach out and touch it. We meet in an atmosphere of mutual respect and
professional pride, curious as to what well together be able to
coax out of the glass.
The setting is the creation of designer and architect Peter Hallén,
who has put together an evocative exhibition with the forest and countryside
in close attendance.
The exhibition will remain open until 29th March, 2003.
For further information on Erika Lagerbielke or Orrefors,
go to www.orrefors.se.
Erika Lagerbielke (b. 1960) trained in industrial design at the College
of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. In 1982 she was awarded the
Orrefors Scholarship and was later employed by Orrefors glassworks.
She has featured in a large number of exhibitions all over the world
and is represented at several museums, including the Nationalmuseum