Bertil Vallien The Book - Vessel Edition 500
Bertil Vallien - 60 years as an artist, glass designer and ceramicist.
Bertil Vallien, one of Sweden's most popular and internationally famous artists and glass designers, looks back on his outstanding sixty-year career in a unique book in three volumes, published by Kosta Förlag. "It is a fantastic privilege to be documented in this way - to be able to make a summary with a lot of material that I have collected during all these years," says Bertil Vallien.
The largest of the three books is, as it should be, Book of Glass. It is above all as a glass artist that Vallien has made a big name for himself for more than half a century, with exhibitions all over the world, represented in museums such as the Metropolitan in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and with world celebrities such as Bill Gates and Elton John among its many collectors worldwide.
The Book of Glass focuses largely on Bertil Vallien's many international exhibitions over the years, with "hits" in galleries and museums in Warsaw, New York, Chicago and Venice to name just a few.
This is the exclusive and limited, signed special edition of 500 copies, intended primarily for Bertil Vallien's many collectors, with whom also follows a specially made glass vessel, the artist's most famous signature.
The author of the book is the form writer and TV producer Staffan Bengtsson, who is also exhibition commissioner and catalog editor for Ulrica Hydman-Vallien's exhibition and who produced The TV documentary about the artist for SVT.
"I have chosen to make the text a personal, relaxed and intimate conversation with Bertil, to de-dramatize the solemn in the art of glass ”, says Staffan Bengtsson. “A source of inspiration is James Lord's nice little one portrait book about Alberto Giacometti from 1965 ”.
Length: 35.5 cm
Width: 31.5 cm
Height: 7.5 cm
Book of Glass - 448 pages.
Designed by Bertil Vallien
Bertil Vallien has since 1963 worked at Kosta Glassworks and made himself world famous both as a designer and glass artist. He is internationally renowned, holds several design and art awards, and his work is represented in the most prestigious museums around the world.
„For me, the blowing room is the centre of everything. It’s like ladling matter out of a volcano and watching the glowing lava turn to ice. Knowing the exact moment at which to capture a shift of light or expression and wrench the secret from the glass is what it’s all about.“