Storsjöhyttan glassworks, Östersund

PROFITABLE GLASSWORKS BORN OF
A PASSIONATE FEEL FOR THE CRAFT

Storsjöhyttan was started in Östersund in the autumn of 1995, the first and only studio glassworks in the county of Jämtland. It is owned and run by three young women bold enough to put their passionate feel for the craft to practical use in a part of Sweden without any glassmaking tradition. In the course of these years they have succeeded in build up a reliable market for their confidently designed glassware.

Glassworks, shop and gallery

Nilla Eneroth, Ulla Gustafsson and Anna Lena Kauppi met at the Orrefors school of glassmaking. It was there that they conceived the idea of a glassworks of their own. Their plans began to take shape in Stockholm, where Nilla attended Beckman’s School of Design, Anna Lena worked as an assistant to the glass artist Ulla Forsell and Ulla Gustafsson continued her studies at Stockholm’s Nyckelvik School as well as at the glassworks in Kosta and Gullaskruf, where she worked under the guidance of Peter Kuschinke, among others.

They moved into the electricity authority’s former premises beside the yacht marina in Östersund, where they built up a fully-equipped modern glassworks from scratch. Today this handsome old building houses not only a workshop but also a sales area and a gallery, where food is also served and concerts occasionally take place. Storsjöhyttan has thus become a popular centre for the arts.

Glass blown and sheared the traditional way

Production is based on glassware blown and sheared according to traditional methods and without further treatment. The emphasis is on glassware in various services and series in which the uncoloured glass represents form and function whilst their contents, the drinks themselves, provide colour. Form is powerfully expressed in clear sheared glass that is robust but also sensitive, with satisfying weight and balance. One example is the wine glass from the Jämtland service – stable, sturdy and elegant, decorated only with a seal from a thousand-year-old runic inscription.

Engraving and seals

Storsjöhyttan has adopted and developed old techniques of engraving and making seals. Rich colours have been given free play using overlay and underlay techniques. Fusing and slumping are other techniques adopted by Storsjöhyttan to permit a great urge to experiment.

Three different personalities

The unique studio glassware reveals the personalities of the individual designers and blowers.

Nilla Eneroth’s background in design gives her products an air of strict economy. Simplicity and balance are achieved thanks to an intimate feel for the plasticity and resistant strength of the glass. Her sense of form and colour combines with technical precision to create dishes and cylindrical forms that give an impression of thoroughness and maturity as well as considerable elegance.

Ulla Gustafsson’s glass products have a dreamily poetic quality in which her fondness for experiment plays an important part. She often works on the basis of an experience, either a shape taken out of its usual context or a surface texture. Her confident workmanship allows her ideas to come to fruition.

Anna Lena Kauppi is imaginative and almost naiively spontaneous, with a irresistible urge to experiment with different means of expression. In fusing technique she makes imaginative pictures and large dishes decorated with gold and platinum. Sensations and moods often take precedence over technique, resulting in sensuous and humorous glass products.