When an artist works as the designer and maker of glass it's defined as studio glass. The international studio glass movement originated in America in 1962, when a group of artists following Harvey Littletons example started to blow their own designs. First glass studio in Europe was founded by Åsa Brandt in Sweden in 1968. In Finland Mikko Merikallio and Heikki Kallio laid the grounds for the finnish studio glass in the 70's. Nuutajärvi glass school has also trained young artesans from the year 1993, and some of them have founded their own glass studios.
First date the striped filigree glass is mentioned in the history of glass is the year 1527. In order to make filigree you'll have to first pull a thick piece of coloured glass into thin long thread which is then cut into convenient lengths. The chosen colours and thicknesses are then melted on the surface of the clear glass on the pipe and formed into a desired pattern. Filigree technique was brought to Finland by a french master Charles Bredgem in the end of 1850's. During the years, the skills of making filigree gradually faded until Kaj Franck brought it to life again in the 1950's.
Jari-Matti Solin has contributed on his behalf to developing this technique further. He blows original and technically and artistically high quality filigree glass.
In Incalmo-technique glass cups of different colour are melted together and blown to an art-glass piece. Incalmo-technique is mentioned in the history of glass from the end of the sixteenth century.
You're most welcome to familiarize yourselves in the world of studio glass at our premises in Nagu, in the old dairy of Lillandet!
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