– A series by Bertil Vallien

“I make boats that sink. Sink through memories and dreams. I make boats that do not need latitudes, they navigate like glazed vessels toward the horizons of the imagination. One container for Moses and one for the Viking chief. The traveler must rely on the thin skin which is the only thing that separates her from the unknown.

The boat has always fascinated me, for its beautiful shape and what it means: life, adventure, travel, birth and death. A symbol that belongs to our collective consciousness. We all have a respectful relationship with the boat. The fisherman in the archipelago does not chop his old tired boat into firewood; when she is no longer able to sail, she is allowed to rest in peace and slowly nurture the new boats. I understand that the most crude sailor with respect and reverence calls his life insurance and craft for She. A life-giving mother to trust when society is separated from the land.” – Bertil Vallien

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

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