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Beate Einen

Beate Einen Glassblower
Contact
Norwegian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+47 95999711
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Mesmerised by the magic of glass

  • • Beate specialises in Swedish-style glassblowing
  • • She creates bespoke and site-specific glass installations
  • • She often combines blown glass with other techniques and materials

Having studied glass design and glassblowing in the UK, Sweden, France and the US, Beate Einen acknowledges the interplay of cultural influences in her work. “Scandinavia offers me the timeless simplicity of a minimalist language, while the English side gives a sense of flippancy,” she says. “I push the limits of the versatility of glass by combining blown glass with various materials.” Her work is not driven by technique, but by a search for the perfect form. “Studying glassblowing in Sweden, I watched the intricate teamwork between the designers and the specialised craftsmen of the Swedish glass factories. I was fascinated by how the complex and highly demanding aesthetics of glassblowing forged an unbreakable link between craft, design and art.”

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Works

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  • © Monica Johansen
  • Monica Johansen © Beate Einen Glass & Design
Photo: © Beate Einen
Enclosed Space I and II

Enclosed Space is a series of objects created as a tribute to Beate’s late mother. It was inspired by her mother's illness and developed as a reflection of her grief. These sculptures were blown into a net of copper wire and finished with a pearlescent coloured surface.

Height 23 cm
Diameter 25 cm
Height 22 cm
Diameter 24 cm

Photo: © Monica Johansen
Perception of Density I

Perception of Density is an example of Beate’s ongoing investigation into forms, textures and colours, and the way they affect how an object is perceived. By filling the glass with threads, polystyrene beads or even by leaving it empty, she merges traditional glassblowing techniques with contemporary design and shows her ability to work across disciplines.

Height 17 cm
Diameter 27 cm

Photo: © Monica Johansen
Perception of Density II

Perception of Density is an example of Beate’s ongoing investigation into forms, textures and colours, and the way they affect how an object is perceived. By filling the glass with threads, polystyrene beads or even by leaving it empty, she merges traditional glassblowing techniques with contemporary design and shows her ability to work across disciplines.

Height 13 cm
Diameter 29 cm

Photo: Monica Johansen © Beate Einen Glass & Design
Elixir of Life

Containers for 'magical substances' like the Elixir of Life have inspired this series of work, which reflects on how the perception of an object is related to its use. The exterior rough texture symbolises time and decay, while the shiny inner surface evokes the inner energy held by the piece.

Height 17 cm
Diameter 16 cm

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