The Studio Glass Revolution


The Studio Glass Revolution

Through the Swedish Glass Academy, the Swedish Glass Museum has accepted a generous donation from 70 artists, artisans, and designers expressing themselves in glass. This fantastic donation has given the Swedish Glass Museum the unique opportunity to present the complete development of the studio glass movement from 1968 onwards.

Studio glass refers to glass that has been shaped and blown by the same person in individual booths or studios. The exhibition Studio Glass Revolution shows the rise and development of studio glass in Sweden. Glass from contemporary artists and objects from artists and designers who express themselves in glass are collected here.

The revolution began in the 1960s

The studio glass movement emerged during the late 1960s in Sweden and can be seen as a backlash against the mass production of industrial glass. For the early studio glass artists, the aim was to win back artistic freedom in working with glass. By building small glass furnaces that were easy to handle and cheap to operate, glass design and crafting became more accessible, and the studio glass movement spread across Sweden and the rest of the world.

Since the beginning of studio glass production, the glass has been subject to development and renewal. New expressions and techniques form central parts of the movement, and the exhibition Studio glass Revolution shows glass from the 1960s liberation to today’s socially critical works.

The exhibition can be found at the Swedish Glass Museum.