This superb and highly skilled work of Swedish design is a sculpted Op Art art glass bowl by Hanne Dreutler (b. 1942 - d. 2009), glass artist and silversmith. Dreutler's career included an important contribution to the art glass field in the excelling at a technique called Graal glass.
This particular piece bears vivid threads of vermilion red interwoven with deep cornflower blue, the visual overlapping of the lines creates the Op Art illusion and crosshatch effect. This net-like effect is suspended in a curved and clear glass form.
Good, no cracks. There are mild scratches and abrasion that does not significantly impact display - please see photos as part of the description. The underside base of the bowl is marked with the Studio Åhus mark and signed with the inscription 'STUDIO ÅHUS SWEDEN 2000 HD 42'
c. 5.1" / 13 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 8.9" / 22.5 cm in length x c. 7.2" / 18.2 cm width (across widest point.
Unpackaged weight: 3.7 kg / 3,654 g
Bowl will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Hanne Dreutler / Studio Ahus
Hanne ( Hannelore ) Margarete Dreutler (b. 1942 - d. 2009) in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany was a German-Swedish glass artist and silversmith.
Dreutler studied at the Kunst Hochschule during 1959 in Basel, Switzerland, after which she studied at the College of Arts in Stockholm in 1961 training as an industrial designer and silversmith. Her qualifying piece of silver in 1967 was awarded the bronze medal and during that year, she worked as an independent silversmith in Stockholm.
She would go on to work for the Målerås and Flygsfors glassworks from 1968. In 1971, Dreutler moved to Kosta Boda where she would meet Arthur Zirnsack, and both would work under Vicke Lindstrand. Dreutler and Zirnsack married and the couple started their own glassworks, Studio Åhus in 1977. The glassworks specialised in the famous traditions of Scandinavian glass art and Lindstrand worked at Ahus after he retired from Kosta Boda.
Dreutler's career included an important contribution to the art glass field, in the excelling at a technique called Graal glass. Graal glass is the cutting and engraving to reveal different colours of a blown glass bubble that consists of one or more layers of coloured glass overlaid on clear glass. The bubble is reheated and re-blown to the final shape of the object. The invention of this difficult technique was considered the 'holy grail' of glassblowing - hence the name ('graal' is Swedish for grail).
Dreutler's achievements include representation at the Stockholm National Museum, the granting of Studio Ahus' appointment to the King of Sweden in 1993 and in 1999, the awarding of the Kristianstad Municipality's cultural prize.