Ulla Forsell is one of the pioneers of studio glass in Europe. She has been making glass in her own workshop in central Stockholm since 1974.
Botanica, Wall panels
The coloured sheets of glass are made using the traditional technique of blowing cylinders that are then cut open and flattened while hot. The botanical illustrations are mainly taken from 18th century etchings by the German botanist Georg Dionysius Ehret and the bird imagery is taken from the English naturalist and water-colourist Eleazar Albin. The motifs are screen-printed onto the glass panels and then fired. Finally, a mirror coating is applied to the back of the panel that creates a dark and mysterious undertone.
“Of all the materials that impact on modern life, glass would surely be missed more than any other if it were gone. No glass, no windows to view the outside from within. No other material has this magical dimension of invisibility. Glass has a capacity for storing light and reflecting it back to us. Cased glass, in which a coloured bolt is covered in molten clear crystal, displays this to a unique extent. The cylindrical vessels, shown here in a wide variety of colours, capture something of the sensual element of glass with their shimmering surfaces”.
Prices start from £78