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Gold Leaf Graal Glass by Morgan Persson


Graal glass and gold leaf, Sweden, unique. Inv.#1052
Measures 14.25in.H x 6.75in.D, Price: $9,500
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Graal glass and gold leaf, Sweden, unique. Inv.#1130
Measures 14.5in.H x 9in.W x 4in.D, Price: $9,500
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Graal glass and gold leaf, Sweden, unique. Inv.#1051
Measures 14in.H x 6.5in.W x 5.5in.D, Price: $7,800
Purchasing inquiries: info@cultureobject.com

Swedish artist Morgan Persson is working to advance the great tradition of technically demanding Scandinavian art glass while introducing a free and lyrical expressiveness not typical to the region. His vessels demonstrate a mastery of the Graal technique which he has dedicated himself to developing in a fresh aesthetic direction.

Since the beginning of his education in 2000 at the national School of Glass in Orrefors, Morgan has focused his creative energies entirely on glass. After working for several studios and factories, then briefly opening his own glass company in Stockholm in 2007, Morgan moved to the Smaland region which is known as ‘the glass kingdom’ for its great tradition of glassmaking. It was in Smaland that the Graal technique was invented at the famed Orrefors glassworks in 1916.

Graal: A type of decorative glass in which the design is carved, engraved, or etched on a parison of colored glass, which is then reheated and cased in a thick layer of transparent glass of a different color, and inflated.

In the intervening years, the glass industry of Smaland has shrunk considerably and the magical Graal technique has largely languished, in no small part due to its difficulty and expense. It is this history, and the challenge of pushing the technique forward - of breathing new life into it with a new approach, that appeals to Morgan. The meticulously planned and executed engraving brings Morgan particular satisfaction, although the unique challenges of a magical combination of a complex, multi-stepped processes is what engages him completely. Exploration and experimentation drive Morgan, but precise and controlled execution rewards him with clarity of expression. In the rarified field of Graalglas, Morgan has found a unique expression for his talent.

While Morgan is in the process of constructing his own glass studio, he works from the Maleras factory with a team of three assistants.

 

Exhibition History
“Graalen den heliga” 100-årsjubileum at  The glass factory (Boda 2016)
Masters behind the glass (Fabriken Österlen 2016)
Dream Team at The glass factory (Boda 2016)
Quo Vadis The glass factory (Boda 2015
Ekerums konsthall (Öland 2015)
Virsbo konsthall 2015
Antik- och konstmässan (Älvsjö 2015)
The Glassery (Stockholm 2015)
Galleri Sjöhästen (Nyköping 2015)
Galleri Nord (Örebro 2014)
Galleri Maralto (Smögen 2014)
Galleri Fregatten (Stenungsund 2014)
Galleri Pictor (Munka Ljungby 2014)
Antik- och konstmässan (Älvsjö 2014)
HELVETET (Galleri Svalan, Öland) 2014
Masters behind the glass (Österlens glashytta) 2013
Affordable art fair (Magasin 9, Stockholm)
Hett format (Landskrona konsthall) 2013
Roddarhuset (Vaxholm) 2013
Designarenan (Målerås) 2013
Antik & Konstmässan (Älvsjö)2013
The Glassery (Stockholm) 2012
Leon. Sandberg Bosättningsaffär(Nora) 2012
Unikt glas(Göteborg) 2011
Galleri Brozén(Åfors, Småland) 2011: Målerås
Galleri Hantverket(Stockholm) 2011
Ameland konstutställning (Holland) 2010
The Glassery (Stockholm) 2010
125 kvadrat (Stockholm) 2006
Fräs (Höör) 2006
Vaxholms vårsalonger (Stockholm) 2006
Liljevalchs vårsalong (Stockholm) 2005