I know I say this a lot, but you better buy this quick before I decide to move it into my private stash! This is an absolutely incredible extra-large vase from Kosta Boda Atelier, meaning it is done in a smaller studio and not the factory and is done in a limited edition. It was designed by the astounding Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and made in 1996, according to my deciphering of the limited-edition numbering system, and was done in a limited edition of 300. The big bold brush strokes and colors are a delight for the eyes and perfect for the abstractness of the three large flowers of the hand painted design.
The recently late Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, 1938-2018, was never ordinary and neither was her work. She once said “….never is it just plain old glass. I use it to paint on and tell tales. I have no rules…..”. That quote I believe defines her work. She studied at the College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm then furthered her education in USA and Mexico. In 1972 she began her career with Kosta Boda with her expertise in painted glass. Which she attacks with her own style and energy painting unmistakable figures and embellishments. She will me missed but her work will live on.
The glassworks in Kosta began in 1742! Yes. I said 1742! It became Kosta Boda in 1976 after first having been part of the Afors group, and in 1990 merged with Orrefors. Then becoming part of The Royal Scandinavian Group in 1997. Many renowned glass artists have passed through its doors through the years including Sven X-et Ericsson, Ewald Dahlskog, Tyra Lundgren, Vicke Lindstrand, and, of course, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and her husband, Bertil Vallien. Plus many, many other fabulous artists. For hundreds of years Kosta, Boda, and Afors glassworks have created fine glasswares both utilitarian and decorative. No end is in sight.
This vase is an incredible example of the extraordinary work by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien. Do not hesitate. Make it yours.