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Ann W

N° 7 : ANN WÅHLSTRÖM

“The Glass Artist”

Ann, with her exceptional aesthetic voice, strong creative vision, and unforgettable laughter is our seventh portrait.

As one of the most celebrated Scandinavian glass artist, Ann has risen to fame due to her creativity, skill and persistence. Ann lives, breathes, and thinks in glass !

Influenced by the free approach to design that she encountered at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, her work retains a distinct identity through the surprising monumental scale, unpredictable organic forms and minimalist choice of colors. Ann is drawn to the spontaneity of the process, starting off by drawing loose nature-inspired patterns in watercolor before the shapes grows in the hands of the glass blower.

« Glass does not want to be tamed, it has a language of its own. The shapes, colours and patterns follow the glass as air, heat and gravity make their marks » Ann says.

Unlike any other material, glass is modelled from a cooling, moving liquid, frozen in time at the very last second as the glass sets. It’s a carefully choreographed tempo between the glassblower and the artist sharing a momentum of swiftness and slowness, from hot to cold, like a conductor with his orchestra.

Ann’s work is appreciated all over the world and can be found in several museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the National Museum in Stockholm just to mention a few. She has also worked for the prestigious Swedish brands Kosta Boda and Svenskt Tenn.

In 2019, Ann was awarded the Prins Eugen medal by His majesty the King of Sweden.

 

What is your most outstanding character trait ?

Careful but determined

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

Having a fantastic dinner with friends in a beautiful place

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Taken a private water taxi in Venice

Which talent would you most like to have ?

More fearlessness

Which living person do you most admire ?

My Mother

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Margaret Atwoods character, June Offred in the Hand Maids Tales.

Who are your favorite writers ?

Tove Jansson who wrote books both for children and adults is one!

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

Getting over cancer

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

Venice, which almost is an imaginary world

What do you regret the most ?

No regrets

Which flower would you like to be ?

I wanted to be named Blue bell as a little girl but now I think wild rose!

Who are your favorite artists ?

Tony Oursler, Giuseppe Penone, Anish Kapoor, Dan Wolgers….

Which bird would you like to be ?

Black bird

What is your greatest fear ?

To loose the ability to communicate

What is your most treasured possession ?

Our apartment

What is your favorite occupation ?

Planning new food dishes

What would you change about yourself if you could ?

That’s hard….Not my lips anyway

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be ?

A cat

What is your current state of mind ?

Hesitant because of the state of the world

What is your favourite motto ?

Try again 

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