beans– A series by Bertil Vallien
From its origins as a tiny seed, it sprouts and grows into a bean. Similarly, there is something unique to behold as the spirit of the glassworker infuses the liquid glass. Centrifugal force influences the shape, but it is handled with wet newspaper. The series is blown entirely free-hand, and no two pieces are identical.
“My inspiration for the self-evident simplicity of the objects comes from Ingeborg Lundin’s Äpplet (The Apple). Beans is my homage to Ingeborg.” – Bertil Vallien
“I love to work with a theme. Glass offers possibilities that no other material can. It’s like the outpouring from a volcano where the glowing mass is rapidlytransformed into ice. The challenge is to capture the look and the light at justthe right moment to allow the glass to reveal its secrets.”
Bertil Vallien is Sweden’s most famous glass artist and designer. He has won numerous awards and is richly represented in museums throughout the world. Vallien works with a mystical, dreamlike and symbolic world of motifs and carries out what he himself describes as an investigation, in close collaboration with his colleagues, many of whom he has worked closely with for decades. Vallien is most famous as an expert sand caster. His solid boats
in a deep blue colour are part of modern glass history. He is also the creator of Château, one of Kosta Boda’s most popular glassware series