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Hanna Hansdotter is still a student at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. But we at Kosta Boda thought it was only natural to give her an art stipend and invite her to our anniversary celebration. Hansdotter has already had exhibitions elsewhere, and her anniversary project only confirms our sense of her as a new, strong Swedish glass designer on the rise.
Hansdotter allied herself with Monica Backström, who started out at Kosta Boda back in 1965 and is still active. Both designers love putting the capabilities of glass to the test. Seeing Hansdotter’s anniversary contribution side-by-side with Backström’s 30-year-old creations is literally like seeing members of the same family.
The inspiration for Hansdotter’s glass tower was Backström’s Space series from the 1980s with its “elegant urns” and monumental pieces. Backström’s glass history stretches from the 1960s into the modern day. She created the “elegant urns” in 1992 when Kosta Glassworks turned 250. Monica Backström’s work can be found all around the world and her well-known mushrooms and eggs were born in the 1970s after she’d settled down in Hermanstorp just outside of the Kosta Glassworks with glass designer Erik Höglund.
And now Hanna Hansdotter has chosen to launch herself into Backström’s rich universe of audacious pop and timeless beauty. What was it that fired her imagination?
“I like Monica Backström’s silvery items a lot,” she tells us, “but I also love that rocket shape of her giant tower.
“The pieces I’ve made now for the Kosta Boda anniversary – made in a series of 275 pieces – are inspired by urban evenings. I call them quite simply Twilight, and we make them in four different colours. Four different twilight colours, if you wish. If you collect several of them, you’ll end up with a small city!”
Hanna Hansdotter has far-reaching technical expertise. Before starting at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, she trained as a glassblower at the Kosta Glass Centre and then at the National School of Glass in Orrefors. The anniversary towers are blow-moulded and then ground. The complexity of the profile made it impossible to use traditional wooden moulds; they were forced to use ones of graphite instead.
“I’m very happy with the work in the glass-blowing room. It was a complicated project. And now the towers have been made botanical as well – they can be used both as sculptures and as vases.”
Hanna’s towers reflect the history of the glassworks with love and great skill. But they are also part of a loving family of glass inspired by Monica Backström.