This beautiful work of Swedish studio art glass is by Bertil Vallien (b. 1938 - ), celebrated glass artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer. Valien's career in glass began at Boda Glassworks in 1963, upon his return to Sweden from his studies in art and ceramics, both in Sweden and the US.
Vallien's experimentation with sand casting glass techniques would eventually bring him fame and this fascination is evident even in this early exploratory piece.
The exterior surface of this piece is undulating, uneven and with a base colour of mottled, frosted white. The next layer of the decor is of striates in iridescent indigo, which encircles the bowl. The iridescence is underlined with one strong streak of glossy bubbled indigo, textured like lava rock. The interior of the bowl is a smooth, semi-matte and frosted layer of glass that is overlaid in iridescence. The overall effect is similar to that of a delicate bowl being carved from a geode of quartz crystal and lava.
This work was created in 'Boda Atelje' or 'Boda Studio', a small community that was built around glassworks where glass artists and designers had their own studio space to create more unique and smaller batched pieces.
Excellent, there are no chips or cracks, please do see photos as part of condition report. Underside of base is incised with 'BODA, B. VALLIEN, ATELJE 277' . The bowl is also labelled with the 'Handmade, Boda, Sweden' label that was in use prior to the Kosta Boda merging in 1976.
Length c. 6.2" / 15.7 cm x c. 4.7" / 12 cm in width x c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm in height
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 420 g
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Born 1938, Bertil Vallien was only 15 when he left home, drawn by the allure of the big city. After a series of occasional jobs, as a window-dresser at one of the main department stores in Stockholm, and as an apprentice in his father's decorating firm, Vallien would eventually decide to become an artist which would lead him into the world of ceramics. The guidance he received in his early career included that of Stig Lindberg - one of Sweden's foremost designers of ceramic art and one of the leading designers for Rörstrand in the 1970's.
A demonstration of Vallien's sand casting process: https://youtu.be/hjW7qoLvwYw
Today, Vallien is one of the most well-known representatives of 20th century Swedish ceramic and art glass design and is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design as well as abroad in the Everson Museum of Art of New York.
Valiien's works have only become more collectable over the years with sculptures from his Head and Journey (Boat) series fetching up to $20,000 USD.