Here in the Northwest, we are accustomed to a wealth of glass art, both around our cities and in museums. Sweden is also a culture with an affinity for this art form, and in recent decades the country has seen a revival of its tradition of glass art.
From December 13 through April 27, you can experience the glass art of young Swedish artists firsthand at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s upcoming exhibit Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Glass.
The majority of Sweden’s glass-blowing factories are found in the Småland region in Glasriket, which translates to Kingdom of Glass. Faced with a long history of traditional methods and products, the young generation of glass artists in Sweden are challenging the expectations of what glass art should be, thinking instead in terms of what it could be.
The artists featured in this exhibit created their original pieces using inspiration from pieces in the Glass Factory in Boda, Sweden; both the inspiration and the inspired will be on display together for viewers to see the transitions.
The Nordic Museum is in Seattle, at 3014 NW 67th Street.
Visit www.nordicmuseum.org for more information on hours and tickets.