To me glass is the perfect medium for pictures. It works as a window that can frame a clear view or play with your eyes, and if you make a sculpture, you can look at it, into it and through it. In my design I often get my inspiration from a happening or a feeling in relation to nature.
Since I moved to Australia I have concentrated on engraved glass. That´s how I first started and i guess I will always return to it. I can be quite spontaneous and sometimes brutal when I make my sculptures. They have a tendency to start living their own life during the process and it´s not always, that the end result looks as the original idea. It always strikes me how similar Australian culture and Scandinavian culture is. I guess we are all nature romantics. We all aware of that we have to deal with nature in a correct and respectful way, otherwise it will deal with us. We are not visitors in nature we are a part of it whether we like it or not.
Born: 22 January 1967
Swedish (with Australian permanent residency)
Swedish (mother tongue), English (working language)
2001-2002 Linné University, Sweden
Graduate Diploma in Education (Technical Education)
1999-2000 Linné University, Sweden
Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design (Glass)
1992-1995 University of Lund, Lund, Sweden
Bachelor of Arts
Major in Art History, Minor studies in Ethnology and Architectural History
1983-1985 National Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden
Senior High School/Matriculation course in glass, focus on cold techniques
Since 2011 Teaching basic engraving at Canberra Glassworks
2001- 2011 National Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden
Senior Teacher in Cold Techniques, Drawing Techniques and Art History
Represented Mats Jonasson/Målerås Glasworks in Japan September 2001
2000- 2010 Peter Nilsson Design and Art, Sweden (Personal design business)
Major clients: BSweden www.bsweden.se
Nybro Crystal Sweden www.nybro-glasbruk.se
Represented Nybro Crystal in Australia July 2001
1995-1999 Design Assistant and International Representative
Mats Jonasson Målerås Glassworks, Målerås, Sweden
Represented the glass company in Canada, Holland, Japan and the USA.
1985-1992 Glass cutter, engraver and design assistant
Pukeberg Glassworks, Nybro, Sweden
Representing the Kingdom of Glass in Berlin 1989 at ITB fair
Other courses and activities
1989 Summer Group exhibition, Siberia 1901, National Glass museum, Växjö, Sweden
1996 Glassworkers’ Union Travel Scholarship: Urban Glass Workshop,
Paté devere and glass fusing, New York City, USA
2001 Fitout of the Whitehall, Kumulus,Harrods Department Store with self-designed chandelier (in collaboration with BSweden), London, England
2002 Restoration of Algutsboda church glass mosaic window, Kalmar County, Sweden
2003 Solo exhibition, Birdmen and other creatures, Gallery Glas Deco, Växjö, Sweden
2003 Fitout of Creata head office with self-designed chandeliers, London, England
2005 Technical education short course with Sally Pash in Flameworking, Sunne, Sweden
2006 Permanent chandelier fitout, Jönköping Cinema Centre, Jönköping, Sweden
2009 Permanent installation, Guardian angel, St.Sigfrid’s Church, Kalmar County, Sweden
2010 Solo exhibition, Österlen Easter Art Week, Various pieces, English Book Café, Ystad, Sweden
2011 Solo exhibion, Österlen Easter Art Week, Various pieces, English Book Café, Ystad, Sweden
2011 Show, Kirra Gallery, The Swimmer, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Show, Canberra Glassworks Gift Shop, Various pieces, Canberra, Australia
2012 Group exhibition, EAT, Canberra Glassworks, Surviving the Day, Canberra, Australia
2012 Group exhibition, Ciaroscuro, Brenda May Gallery, Night Travel 1-2, Sydney, Australia
2013 Group exhibition, Kirra Galleries, The Third Dimension, Melbourne, Australia
I was born in 1967 near Orrefors in Sweden’s ‘Kingdom of Glass and Crystal’ region. My interest
in sketching and design has always been a big part of my life. Becoming a glass engraver was a
natural choice for me as glass was a readily available medium for picture making and sculpting
in the region I grew up in.
After I finished my technical education at the Swedish National Glass School in Orrefors in 1985, I worked as an engraver and artist’s assistant at the Pukeberg Glass Workshop. In 1989 I represented The Kingdom of Glass and Crystal at the I.T.B. fair in Berlin and participated in the
summer exhibition at the Swedish Glass Museum in Växjö.
In 1993 I started studying Art History at the University of Lund. When I completed my undergraduate studies in 1995, Mats Jonasson offered me work as an art director’s assistant
at Mats Jonasson Sweden. I learned a lot from that job and I represented the company and Swedish glass art in Canada, the USA, Japan and Holland. During this time I received the Glassworkers Unions Travel Scholarship and studied at the Urban Glass Workshop in New York.
By 1999 I decided that it was time to formalise my studies in glass, so I undertook postgraduate
studies in glass design at University of Växjö. I was also working as a freelance designer for Bsweden lighting company and Nybro Crystal glass workshop.
In 2001 things turned full circle and I began teaching cold techniques, Art History and sketching and drawing at the Swedish National Glass School in Orrefors. I continued to exhibit my work and my ongoing design work included permanent fit outs for Harrods in London, a large cinema centre in Jönköping (Sweden) and a hanging glass sculpture for St: Sigfrids Church near Kalmar (Sweden).
I moved to Australia 2010 and have been working as an artist and teacher at Canberra Glass Works since then.