Foto: Rolf LindFoto: Rolf Lind

“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 that’s 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, it’s 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 we’ll 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.

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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 in Stockholm.