Unknown Destination II

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Object Name: 
Unknown Destination II
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Overall H: 11 cm, W: 104.5 cm, D: 13.3 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
Bertil Vallien (b. 1938) was trained as a ceramist. Early in his career, he was influenced by the innovative work of American studio potters such as Peter Voulkos. In 1963, Vallien began to work as a designer for the Åfors Glassworks in Småland, the center of the Swedish glassmaking industry. At Åfors, now a subsidiary of the well-known Kosta glass company, he produced designs for everyday objects, limited-production art glass, and unique works. He supported the involvement of artists in the factory, and he championed handcraft over the machine. In the mid-1960s, Vallien made his first experiments with sand casting glass. He later introduced this technique at Åfors and taught it to students in workshops around the world. With sand casting, Vallien was able to translate his sculptural ideas into glass. Unknown Destination II reflects his interest in boats, which he uses as a metaphor for the journey (both physical and psychological), time, exploration, and self-discovery.
Vallien, Bertil (Swedish, b. 1938), Source
B. Vallien P. 17 86
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass with multi-colored inclusions; sand-cast with hot-worked inclusions; copper. Long, narrow, ovoid boat hull; long solid shapes with pointed ends, smooth flat top surface, sides that taper inward to a point; translucent surface can be looked through to view embedded metal and hot-worked inclusions in abstract and "human" forms, (two) in a variety of colors and patterns; exterior walls retain sand mold crust and graduated coloration from pigments sprinkled into the mold, intermittent abstract patterns protrude from external wall in low relief; inscribed on top surface: "Kosta / Unik 3476 / B. Vallien".
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