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Bjørn Friborg - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Bjørn Friborg (Danish, b. 1983) is a glass artist who defies historical methods of making and reinvents process with a dramatically physical approach that pushes the limits of material and technique. His practice is as much performance as a functional act; with unbridled intensity he pierces, ruptures, and manipulates the molten substance with results that are otherworldly, his tour de force actions viscerally reflected in the transformed material. 

Friborg’s innovative approach is directly linked to his current position as the hot shop manager at Holmegaard Værk, Denmark’s leading glass factory which has been resurrected to develop the practice of contemporary glassmaking both in Denmark and internationally.

Friborg received a BFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Design and Conservation in 2013 after studying in Sweden at both the Åfors Glasbruk, V.1 Mästare Ingvar Carlsson “Kalle Pack” and the Kosta Glass School. His work has been exhibited throughout Scandinavia and internationally.


b. 1983, Denmark

2013    BFA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and
2009    Åfors Glasbruk, V.1 Mästare Ingvar Carlsson “Kalle Pack”
2006    Kosta Glascenter, Kosta, Sweden

2023    Imploded, HB381, New York, NY
2020    Implosion, Galeri Montan, Copenhagen, Denmark

2023    In the Making, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
           Generation Glas, Cfhill, Stockholm, Sweden
2022   Pop-Up Glass, Galleri Montan x RVNHus, Kolding, Denmark
           The Shape of Colours, Galleri Montan, Copenhagen, Denmark
2021   Matter at Hand, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA
           Forces, Matter - House of Craft, Nexø, Denmark
           ART in GLASS - GLASS in ART, Galleri Montan, Copenhagen, Denmark
2020   Late Summer, Galleri Montan, Copenhagen, Denmark
2019   British Glass Biennale, Boda Builders, Amblecote, UK
2018   Abstracts & Narratives, Bo Knutsson, Stockholm, Sweden
           Vessel Gallery, London, UK 
           Harbour Front Centre, Toronto, Canada
           Kraft, Galleri Jeanette Ölund, Borås, Sweden
           Ung Svensk Form 2018, Swedish/International, ArkDes, Stockholm, Sweden
2017   Young Glass 2017, Danish/International, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
           Scandinavian Glass- Starting all over, Helsinki, Finland
           Glassyke, S12, Bergen, Norway
2016   VÄRK, The Glassery, Stockholm, Sweden

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