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Nordic Utility Glass Conference

August 16-17, 2018
At the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki, Finland

Collections of Utility Glassis the theme for the Conference in 2018 arranged by the Finnish Glass Museum.
The first Nordic Utility Glass Conference was held in Denmark in 2016 on the initiative of Naestved Museum. Last year the conference took place in Kulturparken Småland/Sveriges glasmuseum.in Växjö, Sweden. And now it is our turn in Finland.
The conference is aimed at museum staff, glass specialists, researchers, design teachers, designers, students and all glass enthusiasts.
The theme Collections of Utility Glass is open to any angle or point of view. Please let me know if you would like have a lecture or simply just tell about your glass collections.  
We are starting on the 16th of August Thursday with registration at 10 a.m. and continuing with lectures.
The conference fee 90 € includes lunch on Thursday and Friday, lots of coffee brakes and transportation on Friday.
The conference fee will be invoiced as soon as we get your registration with contact information. Please tell when appr. you are arriving, and how long you are staying.
Students are invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

The Nordic Utility Glass Conference

 5 - 6 October 2017

 Växjö, Sweden



Thursday October 5th
10.00 The museum opens, opportunity to visit current exhibitions
12.30 Registration
13.00 Welcome. Lennart Johansson, CEO, Kulturparken Småland, Sweden
13.15 Setting the Table – Setting a Lifestyle? Educational table setting projects during the 20th century. Kaisa Koivisto, The Finnish Glass Museum, Finland
14.00 Utility glass from Holmegaard Glassworks - future research, educational activities and exhibitions. Mette Bielefeldt Bruun, Museum Sydøstdanmark, Denmark
14.45 Coffee
15.15 Eternal Glass and Glass deposits – from waste to resource. Lina Grund Bäck, RISE, Sweden
16.00 On the Orrefors table. Anders Selbing, Sweden
16.45 Like or dislike. Erika Lagerbielke, Linnaeus University, Sweden
17.30 Your own time
19.00 Glass tasting Beer, a sensory experience with Erika Lagerbielke at Smålands museum
19.30 Buffet dinner at Smålands museum. Opportunity to visit the museums current exhibitions
Friday October 6th
9.00 Three centuries of tableware from Kosta Glassworks. Gunnel Holmér/Björn Arfvidsson, Kulturparken Småland/The Swedish Glass Museum, Sweden
9.45 Finnish utility glass designs in late 1960s and early 1970s. Carita Rassa, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Taylorism as designer of functional glass. Anna Livén West, Sweden
11.45 Lunch
12.30 Bus to Kulturarvscentrum (The Centre for Cultural Heritage)
13.00 Guided tour of the glass collection at Kulturarvscentrum
14.30 Summary and closure, coffee
15.00 Bus to Växjö Resecentrum (train station), 20-30 min

Information about the conference

The conference welcomes researchers, designers, museum staff, glass specialists,
students and glass enthusiasts.
The conference fee 900 SEK includes conference dinner, lunch day 2 and
transport to and from Kulturarvscentrum Småland (archives and collections).
The conference fee will be invoiced to your email address.
Students are invited to attend the lectures free of charge, meals at cost.
Welcome to The House of Emigrants, Södra Järnvägsgatan 2, Växjö.
Register and/or questions:
Phone +46 (0) 470 70 42 04
Please register no later than September 22th.


Kaisa Koivisto

Kaisa Koivisto is Chief Curator at The Finnish Glass Museum and has been employed there since 1980.She has a Ph. D degree in Art history (University of Helsinki) with a thesis about Finnish glass design 1946-1957. She has published many books, catalogues and articles about Finnish glass and she has organized exhibitions both in Finland and abroad.
Setting the Table – Setting a Lifestyle?
Educational table setting projects during the 20th century
Since the end of the late 19th century cultivating taste of the ‘ordinary’ people became an issue. Design could make serial products better. Behind educational projects was also cleanliness and better nutrition. Better or more beautiful homes would make better citizens. Setting the dining table became a useful way to illustrate healthier food and correct ways to use glass and porcelain. Lifestyle was not the word used. However, the fact remains, that the educational projects were not much different from lifestyle projects of today.

Mette Bielefeldt

Mette Bielefeldt Bruun is Head of Næstved Museum, Museum Southeast Denmark. She has a M.A. degree in Art history and is specialized in design. She has worked at various Danish museums and has since 2015 focused mainly on Danish glass and ceramics.
Utility glass from Holmegaard Glassworks –
future research, educational activities and exhibitions.
In 2010 Næstved Museum in Denmark received a donation of 35.000 glasses from Holmegaard Glassworks dating back to 1825. The glass collection form an important part of Danish cultural heritage and is a testimony of utility glass production and design in Denmark for almost 200 years. Now, almost fully catalogued, it will play a vital role in the transformation of the now abandoned glasswork in Fensmark in Denmark into "The New Holmegaard". This paper will explore how utility glass from the collection will be part of future research projects, educational programs and new exhibitions.

Lina Grund Bäck

Lina Grund Bäck is working as researcher and project leader at RISE Glass (former Glafo) since 2015. She works in many different kinds of projects, mainly within glass chemistry, but also with flat glasses and coatings. Her specialty is hardness- and scratch testing on glass and other materials. Since 2015 she has a Ph. D in glass technology. The name of her thesis is: Redox reactions and structure – properties relations in mixed alkali/alkaline earth silicate glasses.
Eternal Glass and Glass deposits – from waste to resource
Glass is a material that can be re-melted again and again and again, so in theory no glass should be deposited. In the project Eternal Glass a mapping of the life cycle of all kinds of glass is ongoing in order to find possible ways to recycle more glass. The project Glass deposits – from waste to resource is about using the crystal glass that is placed on landfills. A method to separate glass and lead is studied in lab scale and the possibility to do it in industrial scale is also investigated. Many interesting ideas about what to do with the non-lead glass has been appeared in work-shops with glass designers.

Anders Selbing

Anders Selbing, Professor of Medicine, Linköping University. Member of the board Föreningen Glasrikets Skatter (the Orrefors archives and glass collections). Son of John Selbing, full time photographer at Orrefors 1932-1973.
On the Orrefors table
The Orrefors Glass Factory archives contains maybe 200,000 pictures from late 19th to early 21st century. A majority of these were produced to promote sales, and therefore the character of the presumed buyers can be identified. Also, the influence of socioeconomic conditions in the Swedish society on the factory's choice of target group for sales promotion can be observed. The photos were produced in Orrefors and reflects what my father John Selbing, the artists and the sales department of the company considered "up to date". I have limited the studied time to 1920s-1970s.

Erika Lagerbielke

Erika Lagerbielke is professor in glass design at Linnaeus University. Her fields of interest are The importance of artefacts to the meal experience, The cultural heritage in glass and A sustainable approach to glass development. Erika Lagerbielke is designer with the main field glass design. She has cooperated with international glass brand Orrefors since 1982. She has
created design icons such as Intermezzo, Difference and Divine.
Like or dislike
The presentation is a discussion on what the factors are that affect the choice of artefacts for the dining table. It is based on two cases from the speakers own design practice; the development of the glass designs Friday and Beer. How are societal values visualized in table settings and how are they present when choosing the artefacts for the meal?

Gunnel Holmér

Gunnel Holmér is Senior Curator at Kulturparken Småland/The Swedish Glass Museum, where she has worked since 1978. She has a Ph. D in History and has recently published her thesis about immigrant workers in the Swedish glass industry. She has also published many papers, articles and catalogues about Swedish glass and has worked with numerous exhibitions internationally.

Björn Arfvidsson

Björn Arfvidsson is Curator at Kulturparken Småland/ The Swedish Glass Museum. He joined the museum in 2006 and specializes in Swedish glass. He has a MA degree in History and has worked as a glass blower at the Sandvik’s glass factory.

Three centuries of tableware from Kosta glassworks
Tableware has been produced at Kosta glassworks since 1742. This lecture is about how their range has evolved from a few simple models to many large sets of tableware. By using a number of different examples, it will be shown how the shape of drinking glasses has changed and the importance of the influences behind this process will be discussed. Production at Kosta has been – and still is – based on craftsmanship, but technical development has also been of great importance as well as the role of designers. Also, to be discussed will be new consumer groups, changing lifestyles and influences from foreign markets.

Carita Rassa

Carita Rassa is Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Jyväskylä. The main objective of her research is to study how and why Finnish glass design changed in 1965-1975.
Finnish utility glass designs in late 1960s and early 1970s
The lecture at the conference deals with the time when decorative patterns were extremely popular and an icy look became Iittala’s trademark. All Finnish glass factories produced decorative utility glasses but in their own way.

Anna Livén West

Anna Livén West has a MFA from Konstfack and a background as designer of ceramic and glass. In 2011, she and Thomas Lindblad wrote and produced the book Funkisglass-pressat och blåst. Here she interests her for the social and aesthetics of everyday glass. She has produced and curated several craft exhibitions in both Sweden and abroad and is now employed as administrative officer in the field of visual arts and craft at Swedish Arts Council.

Taylorism as designer of functional glass
I will give you my thoughts and ideas of the social and aesthetic background of pressed glass in the first half of 1900 and how German architecture in the beginning of the 20th century formed the modernistic glass for everyday use. How could rational thinking, machine aesthetics and the book Household Engineering-Scientific Management in the Home make the path for functionalistic storage bins in pressed glass.



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